Heat Wave

ross macmillan: Tales of the Heat

At least three sociological accounts attempt to explain why such massive heat-related death took place in Chicago during the second week of July, 1995. An epidemiological investigation, Eric Klinenberg’s book Heat Wave, and now the narrative play Heat Wave staged in Chicago this past spring. All three are sociological, two are interesting and entertaining, and one is accurate.

E.C. Hedberg: dramatic calamitas

As a sociologist and former theater and film student, I was curious to see the relationship between sociology and drama reversed, and I wondered if it was even possible to adapt a piece of research into a dramatic framework set for the stage.