I also find it interesting that Seven Jewish Children is apparently so (insert word here... powerful/hateful/dangerous/provocative/stupid/anti-semitic/reductive/brilliant/searing/terrible/controversial/whatever you want will do but whatever it it is so that) that it has to be surrounded by:
(A) A speech twice its length from the artistic director about his conflicts in putting on the piece
(B) THREE separate response plays written in a parody of its style expressing contrary viewpoints
(C) A professor who was saved from the Holocaust by fleeing to Palestine to rail against it
Does that seem a little extreme to anyone else? I don't think having other plays expressing another viewpoint is bad. I didn't even find the Corrie counter-programming bad on principal if it was handled well, as it seems to have been in this case. But when roughly one sixth of the performance is the title show and then five sixths of it are things arguing against it...that just seems a bit extreme to me.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Isaac Butler on Counterprogramming
After reading a review of a Washington D,C. production of the new Caryl Churchill play, Isaac Butler muses: