Me and May
The author’s epilogue examines two of her performances of May Irwin’s material–one in Clayton, New York to a group of older May Irwin fans, and one to a mixed group of African-Americans and white audience members attending a daylong panel on race who had viewed a video from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia prior to a performance titled Reconstruction to Ragtime. The difference between audience responses and interpretive communities and the nature of the material presented in a readers’ theatre format is taken into account. Audience demographics are examined and the multiple reactions, including audience laughter, to racist material are analyzed.
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