The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy
Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected
by Edwin Wong
Pub Date 04 Feb 2019
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Winner in the 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards
In this debut work of literary criticism, Edwin Wong articulates a bold new theory of tragedy called risk theatre. In risk theatre, tragic heroes, by making delirious wagers, trigger unintended consequences. Tragedy functions as a valuing mechanism. Because tragic heroes lose all, audiences wonder: how did the perfect bet go wrong? This is Macbeth and Oedipus rex interpreted like never before.
By drawing examples from Sophocles to Shakespeare and O’Neill, Wong argues in a clear and straightforward prose that tragedy dramatizes gambling acts gone awry. By dramatizing risk, tragedy speaks powerfully and directly to people living in an increasingly volatile world. Audiences leave with a heightened sense of how low-probability, high-consequence events defy our best intentions. Tragedy has much to say in an age where we roll the dice with the future of world at stake.
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The author’s passion for his subject comes across in nearly every statement . . . An ambitious, thought-provoking critique of tragedy in the 21st century. --Kirkus
The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy is a fascinating dissection of tragic theater, focusing on both universal themes and specific tragedy models and is a must-read for any “theater geek." --Indie Reader
About the Author:
EDWIN WONG is an award-winning classicist with a master's degree from Brown University, where he concentrated in ancient theatre. His other research interests include epic poetry, where he has published a solution to the contradiction between Homeric fate and free will by drawing attention to the peculiar mechanics of chess endgames.
Edwin Wong founded the Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Playwright Competition with Langham Court Theatre to align tragedy with the modern fascination with uncertainty and chance. It is the world's largest competition for the writing of tragedy (visit risktheatre.com for details). Wong lives in Victoria, BC.