8-2 | Play, Performance, and Identity: How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces

Book Review

Play, Performance, and Identity: How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces

Matt Omasta and Drew Chappell, Eds.
New York, NY: Routledge, 2015. Contributors, references, index, images. 180 pp. $140.00 cloth. ISBN: 9781138016774

by Jennesia Pedri

First Paragraph:

A recent addition to the Routledge Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies Series, Play, Performance, and Identity: How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces, brings play and performance studies together in an edited collection of thirteen essays that explore the boundaries of playful performances ranging from the massive multiplayer online game World of Warcraft to shark diving. As the title suggests, the editors’ objective is to investigate the often elusive question of who is responsible for structuring the experiences of play. A central tenant among the anthology’s authors is that institutions such as corporations, governments, and religious organizations are increasingly involved in defining the possibilities for play and that the player’s experience is thus shaped in significant ways by institutional ideologies that are worth examining.