This book examines the intersection of religion and theatrical performance in modernity/postmodernity. Religion, no longer sequestered in the "private sphere," has become an explicitly public force. It stimulates and complicates public actions; it is a crucial component of performance.
The writings here suggest that performance studies and religious studies can inform one another, leading to innovative and deepened understandings within and between the disciplines. Religion must receive its due within theatre and performance studies, which have too long been engaged in investigations of subjectivities—gendered, ethnic, racial, sexual, class.
Rather than offering a mere cultural tour of religious performances, this collection identifies a key set of approaches, perspectives, and methodologies to serve as models for further exploration. From mystic theologies of acting to the performance of Jewishness in new media to the neuroscience of spirituality in rituals, the varied topics of these essays cohere around a common conception of religion—one that is formed by, and formative of, performance.