Blackwatch 3 – non-profit theater.
What happens when the theater you’re watching contains topics and characters that you have greater access to in your own life?
Does anyone want to see a play about that?
Nina – my honest feeling when this scene started was “oh god, please, I really don’t want to see this.” When asked to choose, she says it would be harder to see a play about non-profit theater than, say, “Blasted.”
DL – “Blasted” raises the same issues about character advocacy. How do you feel after doing that show night after night after night – either as one of the victims or as one of the perpetrators.
Lady of the young theater major couple – the political point of “Blasted” was lost because it was such a gross-out fest. Her friend saw the people indulging in this “horribly audacious piece of trash.”
DL – Is this a Brechtian model for audience reaction – keeping your distance and commenting on the gore in a very removed fashion.
DL moves on to talk about virtuoso suffering, in terms of Reed Burney in “Blasted” and Christi as Violetta post-sacking. Another example is Heath Ledger playing the Joker. What’s in it for the audience?
DL – And then let’s extend this to an analysis of Simone Weil and her consummate method acting in her life.
Mary – Why isn’t this political theater?
Colleen – we’ve never said it wasn’t.