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James Fisher

Money plays a big part in our daily lives, but how has that starring role been portrayed on the main stage? James Fisher (Theatre) explores those economic themes in the new book “To Have or Have Not: Essays on Commerce and Capital in Modernist Theatre.”

Fisher edited the volume, which includes essays from 20 leading and up-and-coming theatre scholars. He began working on the tome before the recent economic recession began. “I have directed a number of plays over the years which seem to be about the way money — either having it or not — seems to have a powerful effect on people’s lives,” he explains. But after the economic struggles began, “it suddenly became an even more interesting topic. All of our lives were affected by the change in the financial situation.”

In addition to editing the volume, Fisher also penned a chapter in the book. Also contributing is Christine Woodworth (Theatre), who also teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Woodworth’s essay, “Back-Alleys to Basements: Narratives of Class and (Il)legal Abortion on the American Stage,” looks at how issues of money and reproductive rights are represented in theatre.

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