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Radical Doubt: The Joker System, After Boal

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Radical Doubt investigates ethical play across a spectrum of performances, on and off the stage. In witty, recursive, personal, and propulsive prose, Mady Schutzman elaborates on the Joker System, conceived by Augusto Boal, best known for Theatre of the Oppressed. The Joker System is a collaborative approach to representing social dilemmas through a rare fusion of ...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published July 21st 2018 by Routledge
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Jacob Wren
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Through this technique, Boal was also helping audiences detect recurring power dynamics across different situations. Rather than identifying with characters per se, audiences were encouraged to recognize how the power (or lack thereof) of any particular role or mask was socially “marked” and, once assumed, affected that character’s actions and motives (oftentimes in spite of themselves).

In the various chapters of this book, I argue for modes of resistance
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This is a beautifully written book that both explains and embodies the Joker System as defined in the introduction. I particularly liked the way the first person kept appearing throughout, a constant reminder that we were being conducted on this journey by a living human, instead of swimming in waves of scholarly rubric systematically squashing experience out of it. The first person narrator emerges strongly in Chapter Six, where the joker inhabiting her keeps changing places with the joker she ...more
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