The Playwright Advocate: Power of Staged Plays

The Playwright Advocate: Power of Staged Plays

The playwright has been a shaman in the community since scrawled cave walls and etched stone have conveyed history. Even today, wise men still perform their prophecies around the fire. From Aborigine processions, to Shakespeare’s commentaries, to Washington Square every Sunday afternoon, staged plays have chronicled and celebrated contemporary issues. Today’s protests, congregational testimonials, marches, mixed media performance art, and political campaigns all herald the power of scripted work for live stage when the community needs to be made aware—when change is urgent and town meeting interaction excited. Nathan Ross Freeman invites audience members to discuss and discover the play as a vehicle for advocacy.