Because of the nature of the submissions recieved, the Summer and Autumn issues will be combined and published October 1. The submission period remains open until August 1.
Theme: "Mask and Mirror: Medieval folk plays & modern survivors"
Theme: The Mask and the Mirror: Folk Theatre of the Middle Ages and it's Survivors
Full Submission Guidelines may be found at: http://sites.google.com/site/mythandtheatre/Home/submission-guidelines
Questions to think about while writing (this should not be limited to any one ethnic tradition and certainly not to these suggestions):
* What is a folk play?
* Echoes of the distant past in folk plays: folk magic and ancient religion.
* "Dance performance" vs. "a play"
* Is there a relationship to more modern folk theatre, such as mummer's plays, to Comedia del Arte?
* What is the history of the seemingly archetypal nature of the figures found in medieval folk plays: The Fool, St. George, The Child of Light, other seasonal figures, etc.
* Survival vs. reconstruction of folk theatre: The Christmas Revels and their spin offs throughout the U.S. and Canada
* Jack-in-the-Green, Dionysus, Al-Khiḍr, Shiva, and Wilde-Mändle-Tanz - the Green Man of folk tradition.
* Wild women, the untamed "Eve", "Lilith", Hags and evil fairies in folk traditions.
* The deep connection between music (carols, dance music, the ballad tradition) and folk plays.
* Surviving traditions throughout the world.
* Creating a modern "take" on ancient plays: ritual theater is alive and well.
Theme: Legacy of the Muses: The Ancient Stage (Autumn)
Questions, ruminations, and suggestions to ponder for preparing your paper:
* Dromena: the mystery rite at Kataragama
* Mystery plays: Cybele, Panathenaea, Eleusis, The Thesmophorae: the theater of goddesses.
* The Court of Beautiful Dances: modern interpretations of sacred dance forms.
* Mystery religions and performance
* Poet Robert Graves and the popularized Muse-poet
* "Mouseai" festivals of Thespies on the eastern slopes of Mt. Helikon in the 6th c. B.C
* Classical Greek theater and modern interpretations
* Is there room for the sacred in modern reconstructions of ancient theatre? (e.g.: OEDIPUS TYRANNOS, Metamorphic Ritual Theatre Production: http://www.crossroads.wild.net.au/morph.htm)
* The performance of traditional peoples' theatrical forms: Hayes Mabweazara says:
"Of interest is the fact that African oral narratives fit quite unquestionably in the western concept of theatre informed by the Aristotelian views. The story teller who in the original context embodied the virtuous values of society, assumed the different roles in their stories, and they often sang and invited their audience to participate, but their ultimate goal was to instill moral values. It is appalling to note that the West hardly perceived any theatrical elements in the story-telling tradition of Africa." (2002,
Present day African theatre forms have filtered through from the past. http://www.postcolonialweb.org/africa/mabweazara1.html)
* Shakespear's The Tempest and ancient mystery plays.
* The Teares of the Muses from Alexander B. Grosart's The Complete Works in Verse and Prose of Edmund Spenser 
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