political theater about liberty city

March 11, 2008 § Leave a comment

– from the play “Liberty City,” now onstage at the New York Theater Workshop through Sunday, March 16
article online from the NYTimes
and a review from the NYTimes
In the play, Thompson plays generations of characters primarily based on herself, her family and the other African-Americans and Caribbean immigrants with whom they came in closest contact (and conflict) in the struggling, vibrant and politically charged Miami neighborhood of Liberty City from the late 1960s on.
Here are a couple of quotes I found intriguing from the article:

“too much political theater gets locked into preaching to the converted. But it doesn’t have to. As long as you use the central tool of empathy. That’s how you make good theater, and theater for people who may not know about the things you’re dealing with.”  – Jessica Blank

“What so much of the theater of politics is missing is the artistic part.” -April Yvette Thompson

It’s great that a play like this has been written and is now on stage. Now, when is it coming to Miami?

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