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Theater for Social Change isn’t for Everyone

Title/Thesis: Theater for Social Change isn’t for Everyone

Examples: Antiquated plays about dysfunctional families don’t become socially relevant by simply layering a “new concept” onto  it. Period pieces don’t become socially relevant when directors tell actors to play characters like Donald Trump, or other politicians. Just because a character is sexually abused doesn’t mean the play speaks to survivors of sexual assault. Just because there are an even number of men and women onstage doesn’t mean the show supports feminism. Producing Othello doesn’t mean your play speaks to the Black Lives Matter movement. Producing A Doll’s House doesn’t mean your play speaks to the role of women in modern families.

The Point: If you wish to produce a play that speaks to the modern moment, that insights social change in your audience members, and positively impacts your community you can’t be lazy. The social change must be the goal. Pick scripts that fit your opinions. Pick scripts that were constructed to speak to the modern moment. Don’t choose a play and then decide how the play is relevant: this is lazy.

 

 

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