Theatre, actor, character, rehearsal, the Sacred, bodies, women, sexual minorities, incarnation, LGBT, spiritual practice
Practical Theology | Theatre and Performance Studies | Women's Studies
The theatre actor’s process in a rehearsal hall is reality and metaphor. It can be a rehearsal for justice, where we can live freely. In this laboratory the actor becomes all of us. Like the actor, we inhabit our bodies and our sexualities, sometimes as spiritual practice, or as sacred and creative, even as incarnations. In particular, women’s bodies remember what it is like to be no-body and what it is like to be a some-body. The texts of women’s bodies contain their history of pain, wellness and illness.In creating a character, the actor creates a biography, an inner life, and the actor’s imagination aligns with the character’s situation. This is the creation of a character’s ‘living story’. Similarly, for all of us, this is akin to self knowledge. When women and sexual minorities tell their stories and listen to each others’ self knowledge, they are reading their bodies as texts. And worlds split open.
Victoria Rue. "Rehearsing Justice: Theatre, Sexuality and the Sacred" Feminist Theology (2017): 170-181. https://doi.org/10.1177/0966735016673259