Violetta re-positioned as a lost, lonely, desperate dramaturg …
DL: So, are you sympathetic?
JB: It’s a sad story!
[Is this the kind of theatre production where you can get another beer?]
DL: Okay, we know this story … was she sympathetic?
AML: Well, people laughed.
W2: if you switched the genders, wouldn’t it make it all more pointed? you’re changing the text all the time, and it’s not quite fair.
DL: it’ s not fair in the slightest. but the problem with making those changes is that we actually already pretty much know what we’d get. there’s a broader question to be asked which isn’t just about sympathy. the more we seem to know about the issues being discussed, the more ambiguity we seem to find.
re: 7 Jewish Children … can you claim to be political when no one’s actually going to see the work? relative to tv or film, in the culture –
JH: do you mean literally no one sees it?
DL: no, I obviously don’t mean literally –
W3: but so what – if you don’t mean literally, what’s the number that makes it worth while?
AML: it seems to be that Churchill’s political gesture is outside her play – the play can be acted any way at all, despite the gesture.
W2: when I saw the collection booth outside The Exonerated, I was horrified. I was there to see theatre, not to participate in someone’s cause. I was scandalized. There are other ways to help them.
DL: With activist theatre in the 60’s they were passing the hat all the time.
KB: I don’t go to the living theatre to be manipulated.
GLK: but I don’t think it’s manipulative at all – it seems very up front.
KB: I think it cheapens the experience … if you go to see the best piece of political theatre you can imagine, and you come out and someone asks you for $10, is that all that experience was worth?
JB: I agree that I don’t like being pressured, but that doesn’t make the show manipulative.
DL: But if the show is changing your life, I don’t get the resentment …
JH: I can see it if you feel like you’ve been set up. Why do the play if you’re just asking for money?
CW: Why is your indignation over allegedly being manipulated cancelling out your estethic experience …
GLK: also, by your logic Harriet Beecher Stowe would have resented the Emancipation Proclamation …