Long Before “Ragtime,” Musical Lessons From Lynn Ahrens

February 6th, 2017 § Comments Off on Long Before “Ragtime,” Musical Lessons From Lynn Ahrens § permalink

Two weeks ago, the musical Ragtime came under fire at a high school in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for its deployment of racial slurs in telling a anti-racism story that is intended to evoke the evolving nature of what it means to be American, blending the stories of white, black, and Jewish characters according to the template set by E.L. Doctorow’s best-selling novel from 1975. Following efforts to censor its language, which would have resulted in the rights to the show being withdrawn due to unauthorized Continue reading...

Religion And Theatre Education Clash Over McNally’s ‘Corpus Christi’ At A Virginia University

February 25th, 2015 § 12 comments § permalink

It is not, sad to say, news that controversy has surrounded a production of Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi. It is certainly not surprising to hear that such controversy took place on a university campus. But when one hears that Corpus Christi became the subject of controversy as a result of a production at a Christian faith-based university, the reflex is to wonder how anyone ever thought it could be done there in the first place. But the production of Corpus Christi that was to have been produced Continue reading...