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Political Theater


Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 01.27.2017 | Arts
Michael Gene Sullivan

In 2006 I had the good fortune to meet Arianna Huffington after a performance of my stage adaptation of George Orwell's "1984," which was being produc...

Friday Talking Points -- Taking The Trump Exit

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Donald Trump's name lends itself to all sorts of mashed-up words, but we find it doesn't really work with the big story of the week. British voters decided to take the so-called "Brexit" (or "British exit") from the European Union.

Occupy Congress!

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As I write this, a protest is occurring on the floor of the House of Representatives. Democrats, led by John Lewis, Jim Clyburn, Nancy Pelosi (and many others), are staging a "sit-in" to protest Republicans' refusal to even hold a vote on any gun control legislation.

US Premiere of Manning Drama

Lew Whittington | Posted 05.12.2016 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Price's visceral, sometimes surreal theatrical account of the key events leading up to Manning's imprisonment, is more impressive as an incisive character study to investigate what made Manning a born rebel with a cause.

Occupation, Arson, and Terrorism

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Federal land is currently being occupied by protestors. Or, according to some, by domestic terrorists. But pigeonholing these guys with either label isn't quite as easy as it might first seem.

Ethnographic Interventions: Waking Up and Walking With Abel

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.29.2016 | College
Paul Stoller

In a destructive climate how do we open the eyes of our students to the complexities of the human condition? How do we ignite their curiosity about the natural and social world? How do we teach them to think critically and respect human difference?

Warrior Writers at Wilma's Theater's Veterans on Stage

Lew Whittington | Posted 06.14.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Paula Vogel's Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq continues its month long premiere run at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia through April 22 coinciding wit...

Paul Ryan Blows Up After Dem Calls IRS Scandal 'Political Theater'

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

During a congressional hearing on Tuesday surrounding the investigation of the Internal Service Revenue targeting conservative groups, Rep. Paul Ryan...

The Magician's Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater.

Adventures in Conservative Theater

Howard Sherman | Posted 01.14.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

There is an oft-repeated cry from certain corners of the creative community lamenting the lack of political theater on our stages. Yet I seriously doubt that the Republican Theater Festival is what they had in mind.

Playwright Barred From Leaving Iran Gets His Work Abroad

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 06.22.2012 | Home

When playwright Nassim Soleimanpour was barred from leaving his native country of Iran because of his status as a conscientious objector, he did the c...


Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 08.21.2012 | Home
Shoshana Greenberg

Perhaps labeling plays and musicals as political theater does more harm than good. Should politics, whether they are at the center or on the periphery, make a difference in how a work is categorized?

10 Plays That Protest Power

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 06.20.2012 | Home

A recent New York Times article about a Syrian play got us thinking about theater as a form of journalism. The production, "Could You Please Look into...

Republicans Walk Out of Debt Ceiling Talks: Accuse President Obama of Having the Cooties

John F. Ince | Posted 09.25.2011 | Comedy
John F. Ince

The political theatre surrounding debt talks took a strange twist this weekend at the White House when Republicans stormed out of the meeting, accusing President Obama of having the cooties.

The Scottsboro Boys: Making Friends With the Truth

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

The play takes on a series of challenges in presenting the Depression Era story of the nine African-American teens who were falsely accused of raping two white women in the state of Alabama. Not an easy task.

Theatre of the Right Damn Now -- The Great Game: Afghanistan tours the US

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

I knew very few facts about the history of our almost 10 years running war partner. Until this play. This is not historical drama, it is dramatized history.

Friday Talking Points [113] -- Republican Reconciliation Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the dust settles on the aftermath of the health reform summit, not much has changed. Not that anyone really expected anything to change, much, to be honest.

Can Obama's Health Summit Succeed?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are two yardsticks for success. The first is to actually get something done, and get something passed; the other, to position the Democrats politically for the midterms, whether a bill gets passed or not.

Veterans Bring The Truth Home

Stephen Funk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Funk

Even considering the long list of mistakes perpetuated by this Administration on the American people, the war in Iraq is by far the most urgent problem president-elect Obama must address.