President Trump: Theatre Muse?

Dear Friends,

We are thinking about the effect of the Trump election on our American theatre.

As we all know, the theatre is an important and powerful mechanism to react to current political environment.  As an example, we think a big reason Hamilton has resonated with so many people right now is the current political climate, and the unrest that parallels the unrest that Hamilton saw.  Furthermore—and even more directly—there have been a resurgence of WWII plays resurrected around New York City in the months leading up to this election.

These plays included a couple of versions of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by playwright Bertolt Brecht and The Drumf and the Rhinegold by Wagner.  You can read more about these in the New York Times (link to full article).

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There is no doubt that this is a great time for playwrights to be writing and theatres to be presenting even more plays about the political scene in a more dramatic fashion than newspapers (of course, newspapers are wonderful).

We have always thought of theatre and films as a great means of communicating about the political events of the era.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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3 thoughts on “President Trump: Theatre Muse?

  1. John L Madden says:

    As an active theater supporter, I do not think that the post performance comments to Michael Pence was in any way appropriate since that was not included in our ticket price.My wife and I go every month and revere great entertainment. Should theater-goers now expect similar ” surprises” in the future ? Although I agree with the message, this is not the venue to exercise a first amendment right. For instance, could a patron go up to the stage with a reply after a performance as long as it is not disruptive? Is that not my first amendment right? Regards,
    John L. Madden

    • theatguild says:

      Dear Mr. Madden,
      Thank you kindly for taking the time to comment to our post and share your views—we appreciate hearing from our readers!
      We think—although it is pure speculation—that in hearing that the Vice-President elect would be in the audience, this cast, who nightly portrays the earliest Americans, felt compelled to say something in the hopes that their voices might be heard.
      It does speak volumes to the political uncertainties and fears that many in our nation face, but we do not believe that this delivery method will not be the norm.
      We do commend Hamilton for having the courage to speak out—it is certainly not anything we can remember happening. Furthermore, we agree that it should not be commonplace in the theatre—rather we feel that it is the play itself that should convey any political messages.
      Best wishes,
      Philip & Marilyn Langner

  2. […] and cannot wait to go see it!  As we have said in a few past articles (Power of Theatre and President Trump), we believe one of theatre’s biggest responsibilities is to speak out about the political […]

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