Performance, Religion, and Spirituality https://press.utoledo.edu/index.php/prs <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> en-US Performance, Religion, and Spirituality <p>The copyright belongs to the authors and <em>PRS</em>.</p> Front Matter https://press.utoledo.edu/index.php/prs/article/view/362 <p>Table of Contents and Front Matter</p> Joshua Edelman Copyright (c) 2020-04-26 2020-04-26 2 2 1 1 Editorial: After the Heroic Human https://press.utoledo.edu/index.php/prs/article/view/364 <p>Editorial introduction to&nbsp;<em>PRS&nbsp;</em>2.2. by Joshua Edelman</p> Joshua Edelman Copyright (c) 2020 2020-04-27 2020-04-27 2 2 95 98 Becoming-with-Animal: An Ecofeminist Performance Practice https://press.utoledo.edu/index.php/prs/article/view/365 <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> Florence Fitzgerald-Allsopp Copyright (c) 2020-04-27 2020-04-27 2 2 99 119 The Mountaintop and the Trope of Religion, Spirituality and Consciousness in African American Theater https://press.utoledo.edu/index.php/prs/article/view/369 <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> Kimmika Williams- Witherspoon Copyright (c) 2020-04-28 2020-04-28 2 2 121 141 Forum: Performances of Healing and Reconciliation https://press.utoledo.edu/index.php/prs/article/view/367 <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> R Aslan Chris Gylee Rand T. Hazou Joseph Morgan Schofield Sarah Woodland Joshua Edelman Copyright (c) 2020-04-28 2020-04-28 2 2 143 169 Reviews https://press.utoledo.edu/index.php/prs/article/view/370 <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> Hannah McClure James Armstrong Jay Eckard Nicole Perry Copyright (c) 2020-04-28 2020-04-28 2 2 171 179