Ryga, Miss Donohue, and Me: Forty Years of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe in the University.

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    • Abstract:
      While the seminal role that George Ryga's 1967 classic, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, played in igniting the modern Canadian theatre has often been acknowledged, the extent to which its success also constituted a concentrated attack on what Ryga termed the "complacent educator" in 1977, and helped revolutionize the publication and teaching of Canadian plays at the post-secondary level, may have been less well acknowledged. This article, which documents Moira Day's own forty-year odyssey with the play in the (largely) prairie university classroom as both a student and an instructor, investigates the play's initial impact on scholarship, publication, curriculum at the post-secondary level, and some of its ramifications on school and university production and actor training over the 1970 and 1980s. It also deals with the challenges of continuing to teach and interpret the play from the 1990s onward, as new practices and theories have continued to alter its meaning, and considers why this odd, iconoclastic text, despite its flaws, continues to fascinate us fifty years after its initial production. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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      On a souvent souligné le rôle essentiel qu'a joué The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, une pièce qu'a écrite George Ryga en 1967, dans la mouvance du théâtre canadien. Or, on a peut-être moins insisté sur la mesure dans laquelle son succès aura constitué une attaque concentrée sur ce que Ryga appelait en 1977 l'« éducateur complaisant », ni même sur le fait que la pièce aura servi à révolutionner la publication et l'enseignement de la dramaturgie canadienne au niveau post-secondaire. Dans cet article, Moira Day raconte son odyssée avec la pièce de Ryga, dont les débuts remontent à il y a quarante ans dans le milieu universitaire (principalement) des Prairies, d'abord comme étudiante, puis comme professeure. Elle explore ensuite l'impact initial de la pièce sur la recherche, l'édition et les programmes d'enseignement post-secondaires et examine certains de ses effets sur les productions scolaires et universitaires et la formation des comédiens pendant les années 1970 et 1980. Day traite également des défis posés par l'enseignement et l'interprétation de la pièce à partir des années 1990, à mesure que de nouvelles pratiques et théories commencé à en transformer le sens, et se demande pourquoi ce texte étrange et iconoclaste continue, malgré ses défauts, de nous fasciner cinquante ans après avoir été joué pour la première fois. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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      1196-1198
    • Accession Number:
      124641748
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    • ABNT:
      DAY, M. Ryga, Miss Donohue, and Me: Forty Years of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe in the University. Theatre Research in Canada, [s. l.], v. 38, n. 1, p. 11–30, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 23 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      DAY M. Ryga, Miss Donohue, and Me: Forty Years of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe in the University. Theatre Research in Canada. 2017;38(1):11-30. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=aph&AN=124641748. Accessed October 23, 2019.
    • APA:
      DAY, M. (2017). Ryga, Miss Donohue, and Me: Forty Years of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe in the University. Theatre Research in Canada, 38(1), 11–30. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=aph&AN=124641748
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      DAY, MOIRA. 2017. “Ryga, Miss Donohue, and Me: Forty Years of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe in the University.” Theatre Research in Canada 38 (1): 11–30. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=aph&AN=124641748.
    • Harvard:
      DAY, M. (2017) ‘Ryga, Miss Donohue, and Me: Forty Years of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe in the University’, Theatre Research in Canada, 38(1), pp. 11–30. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=aph&AN=124641748 (Accessed: 23 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      DAY, M 2017, ‘Ryga, Miss Donohue, and Me: Forty Years of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe in the University’, Theatre Research in Canada, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 11–30, viewed 23 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      DAY, MOIRA. “Ryga, Miss Donohue, and Me: Forty Years of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe in the University.” Theatre Research in Canada, vol. 38, no. 1, Spring 2017, pp. 11–30. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=aph&AN=124641748.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      DAY, MOIRA. “Ryga, Miss Donohue, and Me: Forty Years of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe in the University.” Theatre Research in Canada 38, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 11–30. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=aph&AN=124641748.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      DAY M. Ryga, Miss Donohue, and Me: Forty Years of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe in the University. Theatre Research in Canada [Internet]. 2017 Spring [cited 2019 Oct 23];38(1):11–30. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=aph&AN=124641748