Sri Lankan Theater in a Time of Terror provides an account of the extraordinary creativity and vitality of Sinhala theatre during the troubled eighties and the government's tolerance of its critical nature.
|Buddhism, Literacy and Political Satire|
PART ONE: THE VIOLENT DECADE: THEATER IN THE 1980S
The Political Context
The Theater Scene
Synopses of a Few Recent Plays
The Theater and the 'Open Economy'
Interviews with Young Theater Artists
PART TWO: THE DEVELOPMENT OF A THEATER TRADITION
Theravada Buddhism and Dramatic Performance
The Satiric Tradition in Folk Ritual
|The Continuity of the Satiric Tradition|
Sinhala Drama in Colonial Times
Modern Drama in the Mid-Twentieth Century
The State and the Drama Festivals
Audiences and Their Theaters