Performance, Religion, and Spirituality 2020-04-29T15:12:27+00:00 Dr. Edmund B. Lingan Open Journal Systems <p><em>PRS</em> is an international, bi-annual, peer-reviewed and open-access journal devoted to expanding and deepening discussion about the performed and performative dimensions of religion and spirituality, as well as the religious and spiritual dimensions of performance. The journal promotes rigorous scholarship about the social, cultural, philosophical, and theoretical implications of religion and spirituality as aspects of theatre, the arts, everyday life, politics, language, history, and the sciences. <em>PRS </em>views ‘religion’ and ‘spirituality’ from a global perspective and as inclusive of secular and atheistic currents of thought and practice.</p> Front Matter 2020-04-29T02:35:14+00:00 Joshua Edelman <p>Table of Contents and Front Matter</p> 2020-04-26T20:58:10+00:00 Copyright (c) Editorial: After the Heroic Human 2020-04-29T02:35:14+00:00 Joshua Edelman <p>Editorial introduction to&nbsp;<em>PRS&nbsp;</em>2.2. by Joshua Edelman</p> 2020-04-27T05:14:17+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Becoming-with-Animal: An Ecofeminist Performance Practice 2020-04-29T02:35:15+00:00 Florence Fitzgerald-Allsopp <p>Born out of theory that questions human-animal binary opposition, including Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of becoming-animal and multispecies ecofeminist theorist Donna Haraway’s notion of becoming-with, the article proposes the concept of becoming-with-animal. This concept acts as a lens through which to observe<br>performance practices in alliance with non-human animals, shaping them as necessary healing practices which recognise the urgency of redefining the relationship between human and animal, male and female, dominant and “Other”, in times of environmental crisis. Using this concept as an analytical tool, this article argues that human-animal transformation in the performance of religious ritual and contemporary theatre can be<br>conceived of as empowering and healing in the context of a Western society that is dominated both by a hetero-patriarchal and anthropocentric logic.</p> 2020-04-27T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) The Mountaintop and the Trope of Religion, Spirituality and Consciousness in African American Theater 2020-04-29T02:35:16+00:00 Kimmika Williams- Witherspoon <p>This paper examines the trope of religion; spirituality and consciousness in the hit play, <em>The Mountaintop</em> (2009) by Katori Hall. In this popular work, on the night before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s tragic assassination, the playwright reimagines the Angel of Death and how individuals who fight for justice, daily battle with fear, responsibility and the precariousness of life.</p> 2020-04-28T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) Forum: Performances of Healing and Reconciliation 2020-04-29T02:54:32+00:00 R Aslan Chris Gylee Rand T. Hazou Joseph Morgan Schofield Sarah Woodland Joshua Edelman <p>This forum looks at a particular effect that is often claimed both ritual and theatre: that of healing or reconiclliation, whether social, political, or personal. In this<br>forum, we bring together artsits who work both inside and outside what might be seen as the ‘applied’ theatre world to discuss what that healing or reconciliation might look like, and the challenges and problems with the way it can be thought about and executed. I would venture that most readers of this forum would be loath to abandon the claim that performance has the potential to offer some sort of social healing, but the critical examination here of just what sort of healing is possible, and how it might operate, can help us make better sense of the limits and possibilities of such claim.</p> 2020-04-28T04:35:22+00:00 Copyright (c) Reviews 2020-04-29T15:12:27+00:00 Hannah McClure James Armstrong Jay Eckard Nicole Perry <p>Books reviewed:</p> <p><em>Posthuman Spiritualities in Contemporary Performance</em> by Silvia Battista, reviewed by Hannah McClure</p> <p><em>The Bible in Shakespear</em>e by Hannibal Hamlin, reviewed by James Armstrong</p> <p><em>Liturgical Drama and the Reimagining of Medieval Theat</em>er by Michael Norton, reviewed by Jay Eckard</p> <p><em>Empathy as Dialogue in Theatre and Performance&nbsp;</em>by Lindsay B. Cummings, reviewd by Nicole Perry</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2020-04-28T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c)