I’m very pleased to announce that Playing God: The Bible on the Broadway Stage has been named the 2017 winner of the Byron Caldwell Smith Award for best nonfiction book published by a Kansas resident in the last two years.
As I recently posted to social media, the new issue of TDR The Drama Review has a nice review of Playing God. It’s written by Christopher Swift, and the quotation my publishers have pulled for PR purposes is: “Bial’s provocative paradigm of performative sincerity, faith, irony, and spectacle opens new critical territory in the field.”
I had a great time last week recording an episode of On TAP: A Theatre & Performance Studies Podcast. Find it on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.
I’m delighted to report that my latest book, Playing God: The Bible on the Broadway Stage, has won the 2016 John W. Frick Award, presented by the American Theatre and Drama Society. Thanks to the award committee and all my ATDS colleagues for this wonderful recognition.
[Harvey Young presenting me with the ATDS John W. Frick Award at the ATHE Conference in Chicago]
Great reception for my talk “That Time Swedish Actors Wore Blackface to Act Out the Bible” here at the IFTR Conference in Stockholm, Sweden! Nice to have a chance to present one of the “deleted scenes” from Playing God, and a special thrill to walk by the Royal Dramatic Theater (“The Dramaten”) where a Swedish translation of The Green Pastures by Marc Connelly played 115 performances in 1932.
This concludes a busy Spring of talking about Playing God in a variety of places and contexts, but my Fall calendar is wide open (hint, hint)…
Just got back from a delightful visit to Southwest Baptist University (go Bearcats!) in Bolivar, Missouri. SBU Professor Bethany Wood organized a public talk and guest lecture for me, and her students are really on it. It’s always fun to discuss Biblical theatre with an audience that really knows their Bible.
Delighted with the full house at the Hall Center for the Humanities Celebration of Books yesterday. Next stop: New York City’s Drama Book Shop, where the American Theatre and Drama Society presents the sixth annual “The Brilliance of the American Theatre” reading series, featuring me, David Carlyon, and Dorothy Chansky. Thursday, March 24, at 6:00 pm.