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Editor: Harley Hammerman
St. Louis, Missouri

Volume 9


Shahed Ahmed Staging Uprising: Eugene O’Neill’s The Dreamy Kid and Racial Anxieties
Katie N. Johnson Student Voices/Real Audiences
Introduction to English 47
Ali Czarnecki Breaking Boundaries: The Wooster Group’s Deconstruction of The Emperor Jones
Caroline Hill Rage Against Miscegenation: The Controversy of Eugene O'Neill's All God's Chillun Got Wings
Lauren Stoner Blackface and Kabuki Theatre: The Implications of Masks in the Wooster Group’s Production of Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones
Keely Moloney From Modernism to Post-Modernism: The Modes and Goals of Experimental Theater in Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape
Yuko Kurahashi Beyond the Horizon
Ensemble Theatre, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, April 25 - May 18, 2014.

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Editor’s Foreword

Volume 9 of Laconics introduces a new section — English 47.  This was the name of the famous playwriting course taught by George Pierce Baker at Harvard, a course attended by O'Neill in 1914-1915. Apart from what he learned in the course, O'Neill was forever grateful for Baker's encouragement at a time when he was in dire need of it.

Dr. Kathleen Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Miami University. She's also in the business of encouraging students. Dr. Johnson teaches a senior seminar of undergraduate students devoted to O'Neill, and she sought a platform for their scholarly written work such that they would have a real audience. So began English 47.

English 47 begins with papers by four of Dr. Johnson's students, preceded by her insightful introduction. We hope this is truly a beginning, and encourage other teachers to use English 47 as a platform for their students.

Laconics welcomes provocative articles of any length concerning the life, times, and work of Eugene O’Neill and his contemporaries. Essays accepted for publication throughout the year will be added to the above table of contents. Please submit papers (with digital images, audio clips, or video clips) to the Laconics Editor.

—Harley Hammerman

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