I'm glad Mr. Excitement went to the A-List talkback at "Rachel Corrie" last night and took some excellent and extensive notes. Read all of it, sounds like a fascinating evening.
Of particular interest to me is how Tony Kushner seems to have gone on the record in much more detail about his (presumably well-informed) perceptions about what went down behind the scenes at New York Theatre Workshop in the spring:
"A case of panic" is what he called it. "They freaked out and panicked" from "internal stimuli" he said. "There was no evidence that crazy right-wing groups had any intention of attacking them. They got some very bad advice from public-relations firms"--which Kushner declared should be banished from the theater altogether.And an important contrast he made to the Corpus Christi case:
Kushner noted, "when the attack comes from crazy right-wing fundamentalist nutbags" opposing them is an easy call. In New York, the progressive community and the Jewish community overlap and it's "terrifying to people that they're going to be attacked as anti-Semites" said Kushner.In short, the theatre community has no problem bashing red-staters, but little stomach for criticizing its own. In public, at least.
David Hare, also on the panel had this to say from his outsider's view of the whole nonprofit scene here (Public Theatre excepted, of course):
Hare launched in, saying that counter to his original understanding that the American non-profit was meant to be an alternative to the commercial theater, the "not-for-profit appears to be a training ground for the commercial theater."Both Hare and fellow Brit Alan Rickman stressed the differences between the kind subsidized envrionment "Rachel Corrie" originally came out of at the Royal Court, and the bizarro-world distortion of it they find here.
Again, a good read. The debate goes on.