Antichrist (2017)


The Feel of the Medieval

The Middle Ages are beyond our immediate experience, the experiences of medieval people beyond our recovery. Yet, we may still be able to detect some of the forms of medieval experience, as they were shaped by texts, materials, and belief systems of the period. These essays explore how, in so doing, we reflect creatively and critically on the textures of medieval experience and structures of medieval feeling.

Rectifying Religion and Antichrist
by Katie Dolan

The Loss of Modernization
by Atticus Leeds

Antichrist and Revelation: Apocalyptic Connections and Subversions
by Emily Allen

Modes of Collaboration

The dramatic act is always a collaboration: between texts, bodies, and objects, among actors, with audiences, amidst cultures. In performing medieval drama, we draw our postmodern present into cooperation with the premodern past, in the interest of imagining possible futures. As these essays reveal, how these collaborations unfold, who is invited to collaborate, and what the stakes of collaboration are all contribute to the social impacts and meanings that drama so potently makes available.

A Truth-telling Jester: Bewteen Antichrist’s Body and the Audience
by Tim Ko

Medieval Community Theatre: A Model for the Future
by Leah DeGruchy

Modeling Medieval Audience Experience
by Caroline Eng

The Personal and the Political

When we see an actor perform, we see only the latest in a long line of performances crisscrossing the person of the actor, shaping who she is, giving shape to her actions. Where the boundary between dramatic portrayal and everyday life lies is often difficult to map; behind every performance lies a history of performances public and private, personal and political, that coalesce in the actor’s voice, body, gesture, and style. The essays below boldly tell some of those histories.

“Speaking with Tongues of Fire”: Finding Power through the Voice in Medieval Performance
by Elana Tee

To Take My Body Back: Performing Personhood and/in Theatre
by Lexi McMenamin

Apples and Oranges: How I Reconciled Modern and Medieval Theater
by Patrick Swailes Caldwell

Comparative Dramaturgies

Our knowledge of medieval dramatic rhetorics is limited. Before the creation of theater-buildings, schools, methods, and stable incomes for professional actors, the practices of play-making were rarely committed to paper. Still, theatre-makers of the twentieth century have found much to admire in what we’ve been able to learn about premodern playing. Their dramaturgical teachings invite robust dialogue with the Middle Ages over the work and reward of the dramatic endeavor, as the following essays demonstrate.

Medieval Theatre Loves You: Doing Theatre that Makes People Happy
by Ian Edlund

Collaboration, Audience, and Commedia Dell’Arte
by Jenna Wyman

Devised Antichrist: Theatre from and for the People
by Daniel Duren

We’ll Do It Live: Finding Vital Modernity in Medieval Drama
by Peter McNally

Remaking the Medieval

The quest for historical authenticity is a fraught one. Do we aim to recreate what medieval audiences saw and heard (and smelled and tasted and touched), to the last detail? If so, modern audiences view and hear through modern eyes and ears, yielding markedly different meanings than those available to medieval audiences. Do we aim instead to revive the meanings medieval audiences took away? If so, how—and what to do with those elements of medieval society and belief we do not wish to resurrect? The essays below reflect, in theoretical and practical terms, on this matter of remaking medieval drama for the present day.

Why We Need an Antichrist: Disruption through Original Reproduction
by Kathleen Stanovick

Costuming the Chester Antichrist
by Meagan Miller

Preservation and Adaptation in Antichrist
by Maya Bayram

Filming the Madness
by Tawanda Mamabolo

Antichrist’s Body Patrick Caldwell
Antichrist’s Soul Elana Tee
King I Meagan Miller
King II Lexi McMenamin
King III Ian Edlund
King IV Caroline Eng
Dead I Tim Ko
Dead II Maya Bayram
Dead III Atticus Leeds
Enoch Katie Dolan
Elias Peter McNally
Doctor Emily Allen
Archangel Michael Leah DeGruchy
Demon I Daniel Duren
Demon II Jenna Wyman
Camera Kathleen Stanovick
Tawanda Mamabolo


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Credits: Georgia Aliano, Tawanda Mamabolo, Nicole McCurnin, Kathleen Stanovic, Elana Tee


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