Robert Quillen Camp


Links to Selected Published Research

“The Tragic Spectator: Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Pay Up.” Comparative Drama 48, no. 1 (2014): 117-134.

“Postshow Theater.” Theater 44, no. 3 (2014): 19-29. Co-authored with Gavin Kroeber.

Directing Excerpts

Love and Information
by Caryl Churchill
Lewis and Clark College, 2016

Video Excerpt (10:49):

In Love and Information, Caryl Churchill asks us to consider whether the idea of information can adequately represent our experience of being in the world. Employing her trademark formal inventiveness, Churchill considers these ideas from dozens of perspectives, creating the theatrical equivalent of the barrage of status updates, shares, and notifications that have come to characterize daily life in an “information economy.” Perhaps Churchill also implicitly asks us to consider what it means to make live theater in a culture that is defined by digital consumption. In this production, presented in a “reverse round” of museum display boxes,  we recognized the traditional communitarian rhetoric that often surrounds theatrical practice and at the same time called it into question. In a formally disjointed play like this, what do we share with one another? Or is our experience, even of something that we all do together, radically particular to each one of us? Love and Information Slideshow 

Exit the King
by Eugène Ionesco
Lewis and Clark College, 2015

Video Excerpt (8:48):

The absurdist playwright Eugène Ionesco wrote the witty, raucous, and ultimately deeply moving play Exit the King in 1962 after suffering from a serious illness in his middle age. He wrote that the illness and the fear that it provoked prompted him to see if “one could learn to die.” More than anything else, Exit the King is his attempt to come to grips with the inevitability of death. But it is at the same time a play that celebrates life, delighting in all of its ridiculousness, preposterousness, and fragile beauty. Exit the King Slideshow 

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