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Humanities 2016, 5(3), 74; doi:10.3390/h5030074

The Unmade City: Subjectivity, Buffalo and the Sad Fate of Studio Arena Theatre

School of Humanities and the Creative Arts, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
Academic Editor: Peta Tait
Received: 19 May 2016 / Revised: 17 August 2016 / Accepted: 24 August 2016 / Published: 1 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emotions and Affect in the Humanities, Creative Arts, and Performance)
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This article is a reflection on the disjointed and submerged cultural consciousness of the city of Buffalo, New York. It outlines the concept of subjectivity as put forward by the philosopher Alain Badiou, and maps it onto the history of Studio Arena, Buffalo’s main theatre company. Studio Arena Theatre (1927–2008) was one of the oldest and best known regional theatres in the USA. Its closure is a story fraught with conflict, misunderstanding and loss. That there has been no replacement theatre of comparable size and mandate says something about Buffalo’s diminished civic imaginary. While the link between the Theatre and the City is hard to formularise, it is a historically important relationship, going back to the time of Aristotle when theatre functioned as an informing resource for the lives of citizens. Those interested in urban renewal in Buffalo and other rust-belt US cities can profit not only from an understanding of Studio Arena Theatre’s history, but from a consideration of the kind of emotional engagement that this regional theatre represented. View Full-Text
Keywords: theatre; city; Badiou; regional theatre; Studio Arena theatre; city; Badiou; regional theatre; Studio Arena
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Meyrick, J. The Unmade City: Subjectivity, Buffalo and the Sad Fate of Studio Arena Theatre. Humanities 2016, 5, 74.

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