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in dialogue: Emotional/Political Danger Zones

In 1989, Joseph Papp asked a Palestinian theater troupe that had grown out of the Hakawati (Storyteller) Theatre group in Jerusalem to bring their play The Story of Kufur Shamma to the Public Theater after its critically acclaimed run in Europe.

The Civilians’ Disobedience

There are certain rules to interviews. Take notes. Bring a tape recorder. Try to quote verbatim. Yet when the downtown theater troupe The Civilians set out to interview people about lost objects for their newest collaborative theater piece, Gone Missing, there were only two rules. The lost object must be a tangible item (i.e.—not love, hope, dreams, or innocence, political or otherwise). And the actor must not take any notes.


The Brooklyn Rail

OCT 2003

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