has been several years in the making, and the version you have here
owes much to people whose names do not appear as one of the authors.
the ghosts that haunt the stage, these contributors are present but
sometimes unseen or unheard. We, however, know that they are alive in
Names of teachers are sprinkled throughout the performance, especially
near the end. These teachers haunt the performance, both in positive
ways and negative, construct our worlds and create through dissonance
and resonance the work we do. We acknowledge their presence and thank
them, all of them, for all they have done and mean to us.
thanks are due to the Acadiana Repertory Theatre and to the University
of Louisiana at Lafayette for their help in recreating the original
Bob, Paul and
Joonna owe a special tip of their hats to Keith, whose technical
wizardry made this venture into virtual publication possible.
would especially like to recognize a person whose insight and passion
for theatre inhabits this project. Karen Barker was her colleague for a
decade at Northwestern College. A much-loved acting coach, professor,
and mentor to students, she and Joonna taught the Women in Public class
together several times. It was a total collaboration, spiritual and
energized. Conversations and interactions with her are such a part of
this entire project that we might truly say that even the idea to do
this performance at CCCC would not have happened without the confidence
that Joonna felt from watching Karen “do her thing” with the theatre
program. Karen, and indeed the entire Theatre and Speech Department at
the college, were instrumental in making Joonna feel a part of what
they did every day. In their teaching lives, they demonstrated
interdisciplinary thinking and cooperation in the best of all possible
ways. In that small community in the middle of the country, the arts
thrived and blessed the people both in and out of the college.
would like to thank the anonymous reviewers and our editors at CCC
whose encouragement and insights nurtured our work. Their support and
faith in the project, their wonderful and helpful suggestions (one
ghost murmurs, “Dictates!”) were invaluable. The generosity of
scholar/teachers in our field is remarkable.
Players applaud to the booth and then to the audience. Curtain.