These readings, media links, artworks, and discussion questions give you more ways to look at NYU Skirball’s season, and make connections between shows and to your own work, research, and interests. We start with context for each show, and then take tangents from there: the performance itself becomes part of an ongoing, intertextual conversation, offering inspiration for your own reflections on what you can see onstage.

With our Indefinite Articles, some of NYU’s best and brightest give you examples of how they see these shows, whether through reviews of the experience (Rashaun Mitchell on AUNTS), background on the political context (Rezarta Bilal on Faustin Linyekula), or riffs on the genre (Ann Pellegrini on the NYU Comedy Festival: Adrienne Truscott and Justin Vivian Bond).

NYU Skirball 101: Readings!

J. L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words (1955)

Peter Brook, The Empty Space: A Book About the Theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate (1968)

Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle (1983)

Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, The Undercommons. Fugitive Planning and Black Study (2013)

Andrew Parker and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (eds.), Performativity and Performance (1995)

Peggy Phelan, Unmarked: The Politics of Performance (1993)

John Roberts, Revolutionary Time and the Avant-Garde (2015)

Richard Schechner, Performance Studies: An Introduction (2013)

Diana Taylor, Performance (2016)