Publications: Essays - Literary

YearTitleAuthorPublisherIssueDescription
2009Art, and the Art of TeachingLeigh Buchanan BienenTriQuarterlyIssue 134, pp. 7-28Chicago is in the middle of a theatrical renaissance, \vith a large diverse community of actors, playwrights, designers and directors living here and making a living here. The simultaneous presence of Steppenwolf Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, the Court Theatre, Victory Gardens, Writers' Theatre, as well as Hypocrites, Greasy Joan, the House Theatre, and many, many others, is living proof of this.
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2022Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Life and a Life in the TheaterLeigh Buchanan BienenTriQuarterlyIssue 161The recent biography of Emily Mann by Alexis Greene, Emily Mann: Rebel Artist of the American Theater (Applause Books, 2021) is about being a specific woman, with a particular background, education, family and apprenticeships, about being a theater artist in a late age.
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2018hangLeigh BienenWomen in Theater Journal OnlineJuly 25, 2018Originally premiering in 2015 at London’s Royal Court Theater, 'hang' is a play which makes you laugh, or gasp, again, at human frailty, at human foolishness, and at the social and political arrangements and institutions which make us despair, like the weather in April in Chicago.
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1994He Was a Big Boy Still IsLeigh BienenOntario ReviewVol. 41, Article 15, pp. 38-47A dramatic monologue by a White public defender, counseling the mother of a young, mentally-impaired Black defendant.
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1965New American FictionLeigh Buchanan BienenIndiana University PressNo. 20, pp. 46-51Reviews of works by Louis Auchincloss, Saul Bellow, Robert Boles, Richard Brantigan, John Stewart Carter, H. E. F. Donohue, Seymour Epstein, Bruce Jay Friedman, Alison Lurie, Norman Mailer, Wallace Markfield, Hubert Selby, and Anne Tyler.
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1998TechnicianLeigh Buchanan BienenTriQuarterlyIssue 104, Article 4, pp. 192-271A short novel about an unemployed young man from Trenton, New Jersey, who through a series of circumstances applies for and gets a newly-created job of execution technician with the State of New Jersey.
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2006The Record KeepersLeigh Buchanan BienenTriQuarterlyIssue 124, Intro, pp. 9-44Introductory essay to a group of papers presented at a conference based on the Chicago Historical Homicide Project and Homicide in Chicago 1870-1930 website.
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2019Leigh Bienen Considers Adaptation in ChicagoLeigh BienenWomen in Theater Journal Online5-JunReviews of two Chicago theatrical productions, 'The Adventures of Augie March' at The Court Theatre; and 'Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein' at Lookingglass Theatre.
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2016Women and Men in Robert Falls’ 2666Leigh BienenHowRound Theatre CommonsOctoberA brief commentary on the theatrical work '2666'.
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1970Notes Found in a Klein BottleLeigh Buchanan BienenPrinceton Alumni WeeklyApr 21, 1970, pp. 17-20In this short story about the glory days of the Department of Mathematics at Princeton in the 1920s, the author's assertion that this history of Fine Hall and the mathematics department was found in a Klein Bottle seems improbable.
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1970The Center of International StudiesLeigh Buchanan BienenPrinceton Alumni WeeklyMar 10, 1970, pp. 10-12An informal history of the Princeton University Center of International Studies.
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1971The Young ScientistsLeigh Buchanan BienenPrinceton Alumni WeeklyVol. 1, pp. 8-11A description of the work of four academics - Jason Morgan, Henry S. Horn, W. Todd Wipke, and Henry Arbarbanel - at Princteon University in 1971.
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1971Was Einstein WrongLeigh Buchanan BienenPrinceton Alumni WeeklyApril 21, 1971, pp. 10-11Introductory essay to the work of Professor Robert H. Dicke in the Princeton Department of Physics from 1971.
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