"An industrial capitalist society that does not recognize ecological limits but only perpetual economic expansion and has the profit motive as driver, will eventually consume and destroy itself."
"But we will all be taken down with it."
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"We found that there was a strong possibility that a number of factions, on all sides of a political conflict, could use the production as a platform for their own agendas. We were not confident that we had the time to create an environment where the art could be heard independent of the political issues associated with it."And being the good theatre company that they are they "always try to minimize the distractions around the production so our constituency can hear the artist's voice." So they just couldn't have messy politics ruining their pristine dramatic landscape. Especially not when the play is about a young woman who traveled to one of the hottest political spots on earth and dared to get her hands dirty and get involved. The idea that art, and especially a piece like this, can and should be set apart from political issues is not only absurd, but downright dangerous.
It makes you wonder. If a young, middle-class, scrupulously fair-minded, and dead, American woman, whose superb writing about her job as a mental health worker, ex-boyfriends, troublesome parents, struggle to find out who she wanted to be, and how she found that by travelling to Gaza and discovering the shocking conditions under which the Palestinians live - if a voice like this cannot be heard on a New York stage, what hope is there for anyone else? The non-American, the non-white, the non-dead, the oppressed?So for those of you living in the U.S. and especially in New York, for goodness sake, email or call up the New York Theatre Workshop and express your distaste for this blatant political censorship. Or better yet, show up with a sign and march around outside. Isn't it about time that right-wing fundagelicals lost their monopoly on theatre picketing?
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