There is a national disease of dis-ease which calls upon those disturbed by current events to voice their conscience. This creates controversy.
Some agree, some disagree. It makes for debate. And discussion panels, which proliferated right after the 2016 elections.
Aside from theatrical activists deliberating on the results in November, dramas and musicals often stand on their own in enlightening the social issues and controversial subjects of our time.
Naturally since differences make for drama, the play can often use “ripped from the headlines” issues to elaborate.
Political inclinations may vary, but the playwright as provocateur is an old meme. Roundabout’s off-Broadway production of Mike Bartlett’s Love Love Love late last year created an unexpected carousel of the Boomer generation from the self-absrobed go-go ’60s to a self-absorbed and conservative present era.
Timely subjects are all around us, and authors are told to “write what they know.” And so, adding a twist for P.O.V, they often do.
The Profane, which just began previews on March 17th at Playwrights Horizons (running through April 30th), covers a timely topic that pits secularism against religious tradition. In Zayd Dohrn’s new play the plot has roots going way back to the originals behind Shakespear’s Romeo and Juliet. The characters in The Profane who must confront their mutual prejudices are Muslim. Kip Fagan directs a cast that features Tala Ashe, Francis Benhamou, Ramsey Faragallah, Ali Reza Farahnakian, Lanna Joffrey, Heather Raffo and Babak Tafti.