James: One thing about the popularity of documentary theatre is that is allows people to dispense with playwrights.
Colleen: People also simply like to hear real stories – there’s an entirely different value being expressed, not an insider-theatre preference.
Does the “artful” nature of, say A.D. Smith’s performance place it in another category altogether from, say, documentary?
The element of testimony in these scenes seems to relate to Simone Weil’s intentions in her own life, and raises a perhaps troubling question of her intent, and her audience.
Colleen: Simone Weil’s behavior relative to the acting-out quality of a vegan teenager …
But is it correct to frame SW’s efforts in terms of roles or audience, putting the values of theatre onto her?