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Director’s Notebook: Staging Animality

ONE of the things I like to do when I choose plays is that I find an excuse to learn something that I want to substantially read more about. For telephone, I had the opportunity to study Avital Ronell’s The Telephone Books: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech, Thomas Augustus Watson’s Exploring Life: The Autobiography of Thomas A. Watson, Ariana Reines’ Mercury and Coeur de Lion, and Carl Jung’s Psychology of Dementia Praecox. 

I chose the next play I’m directing because it would give me a chance to spend time thinking about how to represent animals onstage (no spoilers here). And apparently there’s this whole field called Animal Studies (or Human Animal Studies), depending who you ask.