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WHY THIS, HERE, NOW?

The dramaturg facilitates a series of pre- and post-show discussions organized around the principle of justice. She invites community activists, clergy, legal experts, and former convicts for a whole program organized around the idea of crime and punishment, ethical and legal considerations, community concerns and rehabilitation. The play she is dramaturging is a piece about the interrogation tactics of a totalitarian regime. It is brutal, disturbing, and in many ways far removed from the regional theatre audience she anticipates. A well-established repertory theatre company in a major city in the Northeastern United States is producing the play. The theatre has a strong subscriber base as well as a large student ...

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