Thursday, October 16, 2008

Waiting for Righty

NY Times reporter Patricia Cohen investigates the lack of conservative/Republican plays.

At one point we hear from a conservative playwright, Jonathan Reynolds, who complains that artistic directors are biased towards liberal-slanted plays. That sounds dead on.

There is an overwhelming presence of Democratic to Left-Leaning Centrist beliefs amongst artists. These beliefs, rightly so, fuel our art. We can express our world views into the tangible, giving audiences a new means of processing tough issues.

But half of our culture is abandoned. Agree or disagree, conservative views and principals complete the political nature of our country. The balance between liberal and conservative ideologies in art creates a discourse. That conversation is so important to progress and 21st century politics because we need to address these issues like adults.

If we ignore conservatism in our art, we're just preaching to the choir. It's easy to win an audience that's already on your side. It's tougher to argue both points, tougher to bring in this other side into your play.

That being said, it's still important to address issues of human rights. A piece like Laramie Project of course rallies us against hate. It is not a liberal or conservative perspective to protect rights and promote equality. There are enough plays about Bush; let's create theatre that targets oppression.

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