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And Then Some Fool Banned The Tempest

And Then Some Fool Banned The Tempest

bgarielcalabanApparently The Tempest is too dangerous to be studied in the Arizona public school system.

The play was banned as part of a broader effort to remove works that ‘promote the overthrow of the United States government, promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.

If you haven’t read the play recently, you’ll be forgiven if your reaction is “HUH?”

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Blogging the Tempest: Hey Kids, Let’s Put on a Show!

Blogging the Tempest: Hey Kids, Let’s Put on a Show!

pgtempestwaterhouseI was going to tell a funny story about how The Accidental Shakespeare Company came to be.

It would be a sweet Great Recession tale about how a bunch of struggling theater professionals in Chicago talking about how we’d stage The Tempest until we stopped using the word “if” and started using “when.” The part of Mickey Rooney in this 30s-style comedy would be played by a tall man in a kilt and motorcycle boots with flowing pink hair. And this would all be more or less the truth, but not the whole truth, and to tell the story properly I have to tell the whole truth.

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