Telling Sexual Identity through Dramatic Performance: A Look on a Male Homosexual Character in the Contemporary Thai Play, “From Sauna ’09”

By Jatuporn Boon-Long.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Play, functioning as a means of creating action through speech, is a site for an individual to tell his or her life experience through a dramatic text. This unique site potentially provides a chance for the marginalized, including male homosexual as a subject with a tendency to regulate his own narrative attributed by the identity, coming to voice. Male homosexual identity can be represented
through such a text with performativity of the identity relating to naming and meaning essentially constructed through space and time. This article aims to analyze the construction of male homosexual identity and the politics of identity represented in “From Sauna ’09,” the contemporary Thai play for solo performance based on the author’s before-and-after life experiences in a gay sauna documented in his 2005 research, “Life with a Badge: Identity and Sexuality of Gay ‘Quing’ in Sauna M.” In this dramatic performance, the gay sauna is a privileged site where a person performs practices and learns his ways of life as a homosexual. In this sense, then, the gay sauna represented in the play can be considered as a gay ritual space. The staging of homosexual identity through play also reveals the potential of dramatic text in the construction of homosexuality as textual performance.

Keywords: Play, Male Homosexual Identity, Gay Sauna

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 7, pp.11-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.172MB).

Jatuporn Boon-Long

Student, PhD Program in Literature and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand

Ph.D. Candidate in Literature and Comparative Literature, with MA in Women’s Studies and BA in Drama. Interested in films and stage performance.

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