2012-13 Theme: The Right To Think?!

2012-13 Theme: The Right To Think?!

Our theme for 2012-13 is “The Right To Think?! Science, Politics and Public Perception.”  Our four theatre productions investigate different aspects of the current American discourse on the relationship between truth and ideology.   In each play, knowledge  provided by science creates personal and social crisis over questions of ethics, morality , politics, economics and the public good. These American landscapes include the issues of industrial waste and pollution, media manipulation in the interest of  economics, the uninformed electorate, abortion and poverty, human communication in the age of technology, and academic freedom and the teaching of evolution. In connection to the productions we are offering a series of Coffee Talks with distinguished panelists and public dialogue over the topics raised by the plays. Make sure to follow this website to get all the...

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Our Collective Protest Sign

Our Collective Protest Sign

Once again the task of adapting Theatre of The Oppressed to Occupy San Diego presented some challenges, but our presence definitely added to the rally.  We had some logistical problems with some participants arriving late and others not arriving at all.  This situation actually provided the opportunity to announce our sculpture and invite participate during the set-up prior to the speeches.  Several people enthusiastically took roles in the sculpture and the other attendees were intrigued. This format was not well suited for presenting the sculpture for an analytical process.  Due to the nature of the event and the lack of coordination with the planners of the rally, there was no time to deliberately establish the whole sculpture and give it the time and space it needed for analysis.  However, the attendees of the rally definitely appreciated and responded positively to the components and complexities of the image.  Many people took pictures and arranged our actors into smaller sculptures for photo opportunities. The power of the sculpture in this setting is that it amplifies the individual impulse to carry a sign into a larger collective image.  This collectivizing of “the protest sign” is emblematic of the Occupy Wall Street movement itself.  We become more powerful and more thoughtful when combine our individual thoughts and actions into a collective and collaborative process and...

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Living Sculpture for Wells Fargo

We returned enthusiastically on Saturday, November 17 to meet with the theatre participants and take our image to Wells Fargo.  During the previous week, however, the 24/7 encampment had been shut down and the atmosphere at Freedom Plaza was quite different.  Many of our original participants were not there and, in general, the mood was more sedate.  People were hanging out and hunkered down.  So we hunkered down also. Slowly over several hours, Eva David recruited enough new people to recreate the sculpture.  We did not try to hold a workshop or use any of our techniques.  Our goal was to build the sculpture and take it to Wells Fargo. By 3:00 PM we had our living sculpture build.  We announced over the people”s mic that we would march to Wells Fargo and present the image there.  Only a few folks joined us in the march.  We arrived at Wells Fargo, and built our sculpture in front of the existing bronze nudes that grace the entrance to the building.  I started to interrogate the sculpture with the few folks that followed us.  I asked if the image was true and one person said yes.  I missed an opportunity to go further with the interrogation, but for some reason I backed off.   We had some interactions with passing cars, but, by this time bank was closed and there was no foot traffic. Our plan is to find a better time, when the bank is open and try again.  This was a good practice session for a future event.  Many lessons learned. Below are some photos by Nic Paget-Clarke and...

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