Prison and Torture

Levine: I’m trying to imagine a play at the Public where they take four or five proven terrorists and show them facing torture … would that happen?

Beihl: what would that get us?

Krupp: Actual terrorists or actors?

Levine: If they were actual terrorists it would be an art project …

Deliberate cruelty is wrong no matter what – it elicts sympathy.

The audience gets to feel proud of themselves for their own empathy, then leave and feel nothing that’s sustained …

Levine: But what if we showed scenes of people we “hate” and use theatre to broaden our understanding?

What about putting the perpetrators on stage instead?

Why do we care about who we have sympathy for?


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