New Book Announcement

Queer Theatre and the Legacy of Cal Yeomans

By Robert A. Schanke

A forgotten and award-winning playwright, Cal Yeomans was one of the founders of gay theatre. His plays were not only manifestations of the sexual liberation of the times, but were also attempts to overcome what he had been raised to despise. Schanke’s examination of Yeomans’s life and legacy allows a rare exploration into the pivotal moment of gay American history between the Stonewall riots and the AIDS epidemic.

 

REVIEW EXCERPTS

“scholarly yet highly readable . . . . Schanke’s book is an essential volume in the on-going and as-yet incomplete reconstruction of the LGBT foundation of contemporary American theatre.” James Fisher, Theatre History Studies

“Schanke has written an academic ‘page turner’ that restores this early maverick of Post-Stonewall theatre to his proper prominence.” Alan Sikes, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism

“An absorbing gay history–psychological, social, sexual, and cultural–expertly informed by Schanke’s knowledge of the theatre. . . . It’s an amazing story.” Andrew Holleran, Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide

“Robert Schanke’s biography is an engrossing, melancholy, though ultimately optimistic text that suggests a compelling, alternative way of gauging a writer’s success.” Christopher Soden, Lambda Literary Review

“(A) fascinating, meticulously researched, well written biography. . . . This book is a must-read not just for students of gay theatre, but for anyone interested in the history of gay men in America.” John Clum

“Yeomans’s important life-story deserves to be told. Schanke does him justice, crafting a narrative that pulls you along from its hopeful beginning to its sad end, and giving the reader a vivid taste of the power of Yeomans’s plays along the way.” Jill Dolan

 THE AUTHOR 

Schanke is the author of Shattered Applause: The Lives of Eva Le Gallienne, which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. His “That Furious Lesbian”: The Story of Mercedes de Acosta won the ForeWordmagazine Book of the Year award in the best gay and lesbian nonfiction category. He coedited Passing Performances: Queer Readings of Leading Players in American Theater HistoryStaging Desire: Queer Readings of American Theater History, and The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy.

 PRODUCT  DETAILS

Hardcover: 272 pages with 20 illustrations                Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Order through Palgrave Macmillan, Amazon.com, or your favorite bookstore.

Contact Information:

 

Robert A. Schanke
498 Edgewood Lane
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

For information about my new book see:www.amazon.com/Queer-Theatre-Legacy-Cal-Yeomans/dp/0230115756

For my bio and information about my published books see: www.robertschanke.com

Member, College of Fellows of the American Theatre
Member, National Theatre Conference
Fellow, Mid-America Theatre Conference
Editor, Theatre in the Americas book series, Southern Illinois University Press

 

Contact Information:
Robert A. Schanke
498 Edgewood Lane
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

For information about my new book see:www.amazon.com/Queer-Theatre-Legacy-Cal-Yeomans/dp/0230115756

For my bio and information about my published books see: www.robertschanke.com

Member, College of Fellows of the American Theatre
Member, National Theatre Conference
Fellow, Mid-America Theatre Conference
Editor, Theatre in the Americas book series, Southern Illinois University Press

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About Sarah Bay-Cheng

Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College. Co-host for the On TAP (Theatre and Performance Studies) podcast at www.ontappod.com. Editor for the book series Avant-Gardes in Performance (Palgrave). Sporadically blogging about theatre, performance, and digital culture. twitter: @performaddict
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