Magazine article American Theatre

Will Power, Playwright and Performer, Beacon, N.Y

Magazine article American Theatre

Will Power, Playwright and Performer, Beacon, N.Y

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THREE things I see. One is the willingness as a nation to look back to the past with a more critical and complex eye. I feel often we tread a bit too lightly when telling of, say, the civil rights era. We treat the period's figures as either wholly villainous or completely heroic and angelic. This has been a great opportunity lost. Riveting theatre, of course, must pulse with characters and storylines rich in the un-simplicity of chaos. I can see more theatre practitioners in the future unearthing the multitude of colors and contradictions that the past truly was.

Second, with our country fast approaching a time when no one ethnic group will dominate, I see a reality in which a regional theatre presenting a five-play season will only feature one show from a European-centered perspective. This will occur not out of any kind of affirmative action, reverse racism or "payback sucker!" mentality, but instead a natural, consensual outgrowth of what and who the United States will be. …

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