Monday, April 23, 2007

The Main Event

Garret Eisler at Playgoer has a great update about the Mike Daisey incident. However, I am a little disappointed in the tone of his analysis of it as non-scandal.

Garret seems to want to discuss an event that did not happen. He wants to discuss an event where a group of people, not happy with the content of a show, getting up and leaving the theatre.

That is NOT what happened, which is amazing to me since he has the video posted right on his site.

What happened is this: a group of people, not happy with the content of the show, got up and left, AND one of them VANDALIZED the set, with the performer just inches away.

I wonder if Garret will be as casual, and consider it such a "non-scandal," if a group of the audience at a performance of Rachel Corrie were to walk out then throws water on, or otherwise VANDALIZE the set while making their exit. Hey, we can't do theatre for just the people we like, right.

So...what? We should make sure we start taking out extra insurance on our property, or maybe or limbs? Is water an acceptable form of projectile now that that tomatoes have been discontinued.

Perhaps Garrett will defend me if I sit in one of the boxes at Legally Blonde and pour a gallon of water down on to the set below.

Garret says the following:

People have the right to walk out of a show. God knows we all have. Usually out of boredom. But I bet many of us have out of some sense of "offense" as well. Just turn the tables for a sec and imagine if you found yourself at a solo show by someone you never heard of who turned out to be an Ann Coulter clone. If you find such a worldview offensive, wouldn't you want to walk out? Or even throw something?

The question is.. What would Garret think of anybody if they DID throw something at the Ann Coulter clone?

The next step in the investigation is to call the public school system to which this group belongs and see if there will be appropriate punishment for the student or the faculty member who poured the water.

I agree with Garrett's post in general, and he would be 100% right in his evaluation had not the vandalism taken place. But then, as in his earlier post, ("check out the water bit,") he seems to want to edit the incident to fit his argument.

And, by the way, I am not suggesting that reaction to the incident might not be overblown. I just don't want us to possibly lose sight of the seriousness of it.

I hate terrorism, I hate bullying, and I hate violent acts. People leaving a theatre is fine, people defacing property is a different matter.

1 comment:

The Playgoer said...

You say: "Garret seems to want to discuss an event that did not happen. He wants to discuss an event where a group of people, not happy with the content of a show, getting up and leaving the theatre.

That is NOT what happened, which is amazing to me since he has the video posted right on his site."

Well, it is PART of what happened, no? And PART of what upset Daisey, right?

I appreciate the comments, and plan on posting a more thorough response on Playgoer Tuesday.

- Garrett Eisler, Playgoer