What if comfort TV brought no comfort? Even the most innocuous shows can transform into horror, when the monster of racism bursts onto the scene.
Dorinne Kondo is an anthropologist, performance-studies scholar, playwright, dramaturg, and professor of American studies and ethnicity and anthropology at the University of Southern California. She is an award-winning author of three books, including Worldmaking: Race, Performance, and the Work of Creativity (Duke University Press, 2018). Kondo is currently working on her fourth play, and served as a dramaturg on three world premieres of theater artist Anna Deavere Smith. At USC, she is a co-organizer of the “Creativity, Theory, Politics” research cluster, which seeks to mobilize the power of the arts to move people politically, intellectually, and affectively.