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Deacon in the running for US award

Australian writer Desley Deacon is in the running for the US Theatre Library Association’s 2020 George Freedley Memorial Award.

Deacon’s book Judith Anderson: Australian Star First Lady of the American Stage (Kerr/Ebook Alchemy) is one of the finalists for the award, which is presented for an exemplary work in the field of live theatre or performance.

The nine titles in the running for the award are:

  • Judith Anderson: Australian Star First Lady of the American Stage (Desley Deacon, Kerr/Ebook Alchemy)
  • Irish on the Move: Performing Mobility in American Variety Theatre (Michelle Granshaw, University of Iowa Press)
  • Pure Filth: Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Early French Farce (Noah D. Guynn, University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • Interchangeable Parts: Acting, Industry, and Technology in US Theatre, (Victor Holtcamp, University of Michigan Press)
  • Uncrossing the Borders: Performing Chinese in Gendered (Trans)Nationalism, (Daphne P. Lei, University of Michigan Press)
  • Rehearsing Revolutions: The Labor Drama Experiment and Radical Activism in the Early Twentieth Century (Mary McAvoy, University of Iowa Press)
  • Provocative Eloquence: Theater, Violence, and Antislavery Speech in the Antebellum United States (Laura L. Mielke, University of Michigan Press)
  • The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives (Selby Wynn Schwartz, University of Michigan Press).

The winner will be announced via Zoom on Friday 16 October. For more information see the Theatre Library Association website.


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