W4: I think we have a very ham-handed definition of political theatre.
[précis of It Is What It Is at the New Museum]
What are the different valences between seeing a play written by an Iraq vet about Iraq and Jeremy Dellert’s piece where you can go to the New Museum and actually talk to real Iraqis?
M2: I went to the NM, and I was incredibly annoyed – it’s great as a building, and usually the exhibitions suck – it didn’t do anything to me.
W7: Are they being paid?
DL: Yes, by the New Museum, by Creative Capital, etc.
W3: there is something interesting about the estethicization of human contact, which I can’t imagine is part of the play. Is this sitation right now closer to something like that NM piece?
DL: But those pieces are often deliberately positioned against theatre.
JH: What’s the difference between having these discussions afterwards in a bar vs. having them here and now?