Magazine article American Theatre

T Was a No-Brainer. American Theatre's April Issue

Magazine article American Theatre

T Was a No-Brainer. American Theatre's April Issue

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T WAS A NO-BRAINER. AMERICAN THEATRE'S APRIL ISSUE, we knew, had a special mission--to call attention to the theme of theatrical activism, one of the four core values of our publisher, TCG. What better way to accomplish that goal than lead off with coverage of the most rampantly performative sociopolitical movement of recent years, Occupy Wall Street? Hit the streets and get the lowdown on the artsy elements of OWS, we urged our intrepid arts reporter Christopher Wallenberg. He did that and more, and the colorful and thought-provoking report that resulted appears (enlivened by New York photographer Erik McGregor's pageant-like images) on page 26.

But by the time Wallenberg's text fell into place, the activism theme his article heralded had multiplied and swarmed over the pages of the April issue like red ants at a picnic. Not only had Alike Daisey, one of Wallenberg's most eloquent sources, checked in with a passionate introductory essay of his own on the topic at hand (page 10); a pair of reports on advocacy, spotlighting theatremakers who cultivate rewarding relationships with their congresspeople (one Democratic, the other Republican), had nestled into a feature slot on page 30. On the issue's back page, an artist-politician you may never have met--Mayor Jon Gnarr of Reykjavik, Iceland--could be found espousing arts-centric convictions about the value of public service. The productions anticipated in the Front & Center section, it turned out, were peppered with activist concerns, from a theatre-for-youth play about environmental responsibility to a new take on an old Mamet. …

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