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This panel will explore theatre and performance as they take place on stages and in daily life in order to explore the entanglements of political theatre; theatrical politics; normative and innovative performance; and resistance, cooptation, and appropriation. Panelists will examine how an oppressive ideology is maintained by performances of populist political actors; the roles of self-presentation in the communication of value during a political campaign; the shift from scripted to innovative performances in political theatre; the power of innovative performances in fighting the spread of lethal violence; the powerful’ s appropriation of practices of resistance among Bhutanese refugees and within Trump-era hashtagging; theatre as a way of “reaching beyond” the “tired tropes” of film and television in the portrayal of refugees; and recent developments in New York experimental theatre as a force of political change and community building.