Intimate Without Intimacy: A Dramatic Reading of Galatea at the BMO Theatre Centre

  • Jamie Paris Corpus Christi College at UBC Saint Mark's College
Keywords: Lyly, Galatea, Bard on the Beach, Oecologies, University of British Columbia, homoeroticism, environment

Abstract

Jamie Paris reviews the November 10, 2018 semi-staged reading of John Lyly's Galatea on the Goldcorp Stage at the new BMO Theatre Centre in Vancouver, BC. The venture was a collaboration between the University of British Columbia, Bard on the Beach, and the Oecologies project. Paris describes the production, locates Lyly's politics, and reflects on the production's lessons about potential early stagings. Paris concludes with questions about the production's sexual politics and its potential engagement with environmental issues.

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Published
2019-04-14
Section
Performance Reviews