Theatre for a New Audience presents ‘Open Books’

Called “a daring and rigorous historical reinterpretation that defies critical consensus on Artaud” and “profoundly original” by critics, Kimberly Jannarone’s unflinching book “Artaud and His Doubles” (University of Michigan Press, 2012) explores the surprisingly deep and troubling connections between Antonin Artaud’s works and fascism.

As part of Theatre for a New Audience’s Open Books program — which presents free public talks curated by the Theatre’s Literary Advisor Jonathan Kalb that feature the critical and scholarly voices behind some of the best books newly published in the theater field — Jannarone will speak about her book on Saturday, March 29 at Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center.

Looking through the double-lens of the works themselves and the historical moment they sprang from, Jannarone’s book challenges longstanding liberal associations by Artaud’s followers and admirers. The author will explain her discoveries and expound on their disturbing implications.

“Artaud and His Doubles” received the Honorable Mention for the Joe A. Callaway Award in 2012.

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The event is free and open to the public and will begin at 5:30 p.m. Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center is located at 262 Ashland Place. To RSVP or for further information, contact [email protected] or visit

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Kimberly Jannarone is Professor of Theater Arts and Digital Arts and New Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she holds the Gary D. Licker Memorial Chair. She received ASTR's Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize and Honorable Mention for the Oscar Brockett Prize for essays on Artaud. She also directs and translates experimental works, recently producing and directing the 2012-13 “Gynt Project.”  She's currently editing the volume “Vanguards of the Right” and writing her next book, “Mass Performance, History, and the Invention of Tradition.”