Sunday, April 15, 2007

voices in conflict is indeed going to be performed

OFF-BROADWAY! (so take that you members of the wilton school board)!

i'm so very happy for the students and teacher-advisers who are involved with the play

High School play, canceled in Wilton, heads to off-Broadway

WILTON, Conn. --A high school play about the Iraq war and canceled by the school's principal is headed for an off-Broadway production in New York.
The students are set to perform "Voices in Conflict" at The Public Theater and The Culture Project in June.
The play, a collection of readings that students in an advanced theater class assembled from interviews, letters and blogs from war veterans, was canceled by principal Timothy Canty after a student whose brother is serving in Iraq complained that the production lacked balance.
Canty and Gary Richards, Wilton schools superintendent, have said the students' script did not provide enough context to explore a complicated subject and may hurt families who have lost loved ones in the war.
Oskar Eustis, artistic director of The Public Theater, which was founded by Joseph Papp as a Shakespeare workshop in 1954, said he believed it was important to provide a venue for the students.
"Just the fact that you have high school students who are willing to take this kind of leap and actually engage in the big issues of the world, they have to be supported," he said.
The play fits the theater's mission, Eustis said. The theater is staging a play, "In Darfur," about the conflict in Sudan.
In 1985 it put on Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart," about AIDS in New York City.
Bonnie Dickinson, who teaches the 15 students who created "Voices in Conflict," said they were honored to be offered a chance to perform in New York............

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