Title

Performing Lydia(s)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Journal Title

Departures in Critical Qualitative Research

Volume

5

Issue

2

Abstract

Performing Lydia(s) is a mystery developed at Bowling Green State University and performed at the Patti Pace Performance Festival in 2010. This mystery uses Diana Taylor's response to Joseph Roach's theory of performance genealogy to examine pieces of my family archive—epistles in the form of scripture, blogs, emails, family letters, and memoirs—for how they have imprinted themselves on later generations' perception of gender identity. The vehicle for this exploration is my performance of the New Testament figure of Lydia in an original liturgical drama juxtaposed with the performance of my great Aunt Lydia's memoirs.