So far we’ve been taking [American] theatre’s claims at face value … let’s try another scene: Violetta as non-profit theatre casualty.
This scene provokes broader and more Brechtian questions to be asked:
– can theatre be political if the audience is all on the left
– or if the audience is marginal
– or when the institution itself replicates all the same injustices most political theatre tries to protest
Is this really the right format to advocate for democratic ideals?