Making a Spectacle

As if sensing such a trend in the offing , Terry's 1983 collaboration with JoAnne Metcalf , Mollie Bailey's Traveling Family Circus : Featuring Scenes from the Life of Mother Jones , represented a new and increasingly politicized ...

Making a Spectacle

The first scholarly collection to discuss the intersection of feminism and dramatic theory

Encyclopedia of Literature and Criticism

Terry's 1983 collaboration with JoAnne Metcalf, Mollie Bailey's Traveling Family Circus: Featuring Scenes from the Life of Mother Jones, represented a new and increasingly politicized direction for her drama.

Encyclopedia of Literature and Criticism

This Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive guide yet both to the nature and content of literature, and to literary criticism. In ninety essays by leading international critics and scholars, the volume covers both traditional topics such as literature and history, poetry, drama and the novel, and also newer topics such as the production and reception of literature. Current critical ideas are clearly and provocatively discussed, while the volume's arrangement reflects in a dynamic way the rich diversity of contemporary thinking about literature. Each essay seeks to provide the reader with a clear sense of the full significance of its subject as well as guidance on further reading. An essential work of reference, The Encyclopedia of Literature and Criticism is a stimulating guide to the central preoccupations of contemporary critical thinking about literature. Special Features * Clearly written by scholars and critics of international standing for readers at all levels in many disciplines * In-depth essays covering all aspects, traditional and new, of literary studies past and present * Useful cross-references within the text, with full bibliographical references and suggestions for further reading * Single index of authors, terms, topics

In Their Own Words

In Mollie Bailey's Traveling Family Circus: Featuring Scenes from the Life of Mother Jones (1985) Terry juxtaposes the extraordinary generosity of Mollie Bailey as circus manager, wife and mother against the struggle of Mother Jones for ...

In Their Own Words

Includes: Lee Breuer, Christopher Durang, Richard Foreman, Maria Irene Fornes, Charles Fuller, John Guare, Joan Holden, David Henry Hwang, David Mamet, Emily Mann, Richard Nelson, Marsha Norman, David Rabe, Wallace Shawn, Stephen Sondheim, Megan Terry, Luis Valdez, Michael Weller, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson.

Drama Criticism

The right direction in Mollie Bailey's Traveling Family Circus is rarely straight forward , or straight backward . In keeping with many contemporary feminist plays , this prologue and the two acts that follow exploit theater's liberty ...

Drama Criticism

Criticism of the most significant and widely studied dramiatic works fromall the world's literatures.

Acting Women

Peter Watts (Harmondsworth: Penguin). Sweet, Nancy (1987) Camille, production seen at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington, London, November 1987. Terry, Megan and Metcalf, JoAnne (1983) Mollie Bailey's Traveling Family Circus featuring ...

Acting Women


Wendy Wasserstein

... girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, Cloud Nine, and A Mouthful of Birds, Megan Terry's Mollie Bailey's Traveling Family Circus: Featuring Scenes from the Life of Mother Jones, ...

Wendy Wasserstein

Wendy Wasserstein: A Casebook contains in-depth discussions of the playwright's major works, including her recent play 1 An American Daughter. Wasserstein's plays and essays are explored within diverse traditions, including Jewish storytelling, women's writing, and classical comedy. Critical perspectives include feminist, Bakhtinian, and actor/director. Comparisons with other playwrights, such as Rachel Crothers, Caryl Churchill, and Anton Chekhov, provide context and understanding. An interview with the playwright and an annotated bibliography are included.

Fearless Femininity by Women in American Theatre 1910s to 2010s

Molly Bailey's Traveling Family Circus: Featuring Scenes of the Life of Mother Jones (1983) On a final note, however, one play captures a spirit of Megan Terry neither “stuck in the German mud” of New York nor sinking in the funding ...

Fearless Femininity by Women in American Theatre  1910s to 2010s

In this unprecedented, fascinating book which covers women in theatre from the 1910s to the 2010s, author Lynne Greeley notes that, for the purposes of this study, "feminism" is defined as the political impulse toward economic and social empowerment for females or the female-identified, a position perceived by many feminists as oppositional to ideas of femininity that they see as personally and politically constraining and that "femininity" comprises social behaviors and practices that mean as "many different things as there are women," some of which are empowering and others of which are not. This book illuminates how throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, playwrights and artists in American theatre both embodied and disrupted the feminine of their times. Through approaches as wide ranging as performing their own recipes, energizing silences, raging against war and rape, and inviting the public to inscribe their naked bodies, theatre artists have used performance as a site to insert themselves between the physicality of their female presence and the liminality of their disrupting the role of the feminine. Capturing that place of liminality, a neither-here-nor-there place that is often unsafe, where the established order is overturned by acts as banal as raising a plant, women have written and performed and disrupted their way through one hundred years of theatre history, even within the constraints of a variably rigid and usually unsympathetic social order. Creating a feminist femininity, they have reinscribed their place in the culture and provided models for their audiences to do the same. This comprehensive tome, part of the Cambria Contemporary Global Performing Arts headed by John Clum (Duke University) is an essential addition for theater studies and women's studies.

Fearless Femininity by Women in American Theatre 1910s to 2010s Student Edition

Molly Bailey's Traveling Family Circus: Featuring Scenes of the Life of Mother Jones (1983) On a final note, however, one play captures a spirit of Megan Terry neither “stuck in the German mud” of New York nor sinking in the funding ...

Fearless Femininity by Women in American Theatre  1910s to 2010s   Student Edition

Note: this is an abridged version of the book with references removed. The complete edition is also available. In this unprecedented, fascinating book which covers women in theatre from the 1910s to the 2010s, author Lynne Greeley notes that, for the purposes of this study, "feminism" is defined as the political impulse toward economic and social empowerment for females or the female-identified, a position perceived by many feminists as oppositional to ideas of femininity that they see as personally and politically constraining and that "femininity" comprises social behaviors and practices that mean as "many different things as there are women," some of which are empowering and others of which are not. This book illuminates how throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, playwrights and artists in American theatre both embodied and disrupted the feminine of their times. Through approaches as wide ranging as performing their own recipes, energizing silences, raging against war and rape, and inviting the public to inscribe their naked bodies, theatre artists have used performance as a site to insert themselves between the physicality of their female presence and the liminality of their disrupting the role of the feminine. Capturing that place of liminality, a neither-here-nor-there place that is often unsafe, where the established order is overturned by acts as banal as raising a plant, women have written and performed and disrupted their way through one hundred years of theatre history, even within the constraints of a variably rigid and usually unsympathetic social order. Creating a feminist femininity, they have reinscribed their place in the culture and provided models for their audiences to do the same. This comprehensive tome, part of the Cambria Contemporary Global Performing Arts headed by John Clum (Duke University) is an essential addition for theater studies and women's studies.

Mollie Bailey s Traveling Family Circus

A musical presentation of magical and possible events in the lives of two women born in the 19th century.

Mollie Bailey s Traveling Family Circus

A musical presentation of magical and possible events in the lives of two women born in the 19th century.

Women of the American Circus 1880 1940

In 1872, Lake combined with other owners to form the Great Eastern Circus, touring almost entirely by railroad, ... From a town near Mobile where she was born in 1844, Mollie Bailey joined the Bailey's Family Circus when it came to ...

Women of the American Circus  1880  1940

"In 1880 to 1940, glory days of American circus, one third to one half of cast members were women. Diaries, autobiographies, newspaper accounts, films, posters, route books, stories told by circus women, recount tableaux, freak shows, girlie shows, tigeracts, and aerial performance, beginning with representations of women as circus performers and moving to performances themselves"--Provided by publisher.

New American Dramatists 1960 1990

More obstreperously feminist is Mollie Bailey's Traveling Circus: Featuring Scenes from the Life of Mother Jones ... Through her juxtaposition of Bailey's familycircus' and Jones's public dedication, Terry points up the value of both ...

New American Dramatists 1960   1990


Susan Glaspell

Her plays include Calm Down Mother , Viet Rock , and Approaching Simone , for which she won the Obie Award in 1970 for Best Play , and numerous productions at the Magic Theatre , including Mollie Bailey's Travelling Family Circus ...

Susan Glaspell

The first book-length critical assessment of American playwright and fiction writer Susan Glaspell

Performing Drama dramatizing Performance

... gives her recent plays ( Mollie Bailey's Traveling Family Circus comes to mind ) an atmosphere of Heraclitean flux , which stands as testament to her belief in the capacity for people to redefine and reshape social and gender roles ...

Performing Drama dramatizing Performance

Examines how the intertwining paths of avant-garde theater and mainstream drama work to produce provocative new forms

Michigan Quarterly Review

Megan Terry and JoAnne Metcalf's Mollie Bailey's Traveling Family Circus : Featuring Scenes from the Life of Mother Jones ( 1983 ) uses the circus as a visual structure to convey the story of women's political struggle and matriarchal ...

Michigan Quarterly Review


Critical Survey of Drama Jules Romains William Trevor

MOLLIE BAILEY'S TRAVELING FAMILY CIRCUS Terry's dedication to feminism appears in numerous plays , nowhere more openly than in Mollie Bailey's Traveling Family Circus . This piece , dedicated to Mollie Bailey and Mother Jones ...

Critical Survey of Drama  Jules Romains   William Trevor

Combines, updates, and expands two earlier Salem Press reference sets: Critical survey of drama, Rev. ed., English language series, published in 1994, and Critical survey of drama, Foreign language series, published in 1986. This new 8 vol. set contains 6

Studies in Women Writers in English

Another political activist is portrayed by Megan Terry in her Mollie Bailey's Travelling Circus : Featuring Scenes from the Life of Mother ... Juxtaposing the scenes from Bailey's familycircus ” and Jones ' ...

Studies in Women Writers in English

During The Last Few Centuries Women Writers Have Considerably Widened And Deepened The Areas Of Human Experience With Their Sharp, Feminine Perception Of Life Successfully Transmuted Into Verbal Artifact. The World Body Of Literature In English Would Have Been Much Poorer Today But For The Contribution Of Women Writers. The New Series Studies In Women Writers In English Is A Grateful Acknowledgment Of That Contribution And Public Recognition Of Their Voice.The Twenty-Three Essays Included In This Fourth Volume Of The Series Cover A Wide Spectrum Of Women Writers Across Space And Time. The Women Writers Discussed In This Volume Include Five From Britain: Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Doris Lessing, And Of Course Virginia Woolf, The Twentieth Century Stalwart Of British Novel, Who Has Left Her Indelible Mark On The Art Of Fiction As Well As On Women Writers And Feminist Thinkers Of The Subsequent Decades. We Also Get A Glimpse Of The Entire Corpus Of Writers Engaged With The Feminist Theatre Of America Today, In Addition To Two African-American Talents, I.E. Toni Morrison, The Nobel Laureate For Literature In 1993, And Alice Walker, The Eminent Black American Woman Writer, And A Host Of Contemporary Indian Writers, Particularly With Reference To Their Recent Work, Including Shashi Deshpande, Anita Desai, Shobhaa De, Manju Kapur, Nayantara Sahgal, As Well As Two Émigré Indian Writers Bharati Mukherjee And Jhumpa Lahiri.Since Most Of The Authors Discussed In These Articles Are Prescribed In The English Syllabus In The Universities Of India, Both The Teachers And The Students Will Find Them Extremely Useful, And The General Readers Who Are Interested In Literature In English And/Or Women Writers Will Also Find Them Intellectually Stimulating.

The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

Her concern with *feminism and American politics is reflected in such plays as Babes in the Bighouse (1974) and Mollie Bailey's Traveling Family Circus, Featuring Scenes from the Life of Mother Jones (1983). jab Terry family English ...

The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

Ranging from ancient Greek tragedies to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe, The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance provides an all-embracing approach that encompasses drama and musical, opera and film, dance and radio, and non-dramatic performances including circuses, carnivals, and parades. Based on the celebrated two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, this compact, affordable Companion features more than 2,000 up-to-date entries, covering styles and movements, buildings, organizations, regions, and traditions--with a particularly strong focus on biographies of actors, playwrights, directors, designers, and critics. Editor Dennis Kennedy has significantly updated the timeline of historical and cultural events in the world of theatre and performance, and he has added an appendix of useful weblinks, which are supported and accessible through a companion website. Finally, the book includes many new entries that cover the people and companies who have come into prominence since the publication of the Encyclopedia.

Dallas Yesterday

Kneisel Recalls Mollie Bailey ALTHOUGH PAUL O. KNEISEL played in both Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circuses ... “ Mollie Bailey with her family circus , traveling on a yearly circuit in a train of some 8 to 10 horse - drawn ...

Dallas Yesterday


Drama Criticism Volume 27

... 78 Mollie Bailey's Traveling Circus ( Terry ) See Mollie Bailey's Traveling Family Circus : Featuring Scenes from the ... Family Circus : Featuring Scenes from the Life of Mother Jones ( Terry ) 13 : 281 , 333-35 , 337 Molly's Dream ...

Drama Criticism  Volume 27

Presents literary criticism on the works of dramatists of all nations, cultures, and time periods. Critical essays are selected from leading sources, including published journals, magazines, books, reviews, radio transcripts, diaries, newspapers, broadsheets, pamphlets, and scholarly papers.