Thursday, July 6, 2017

Let's Think Outside the Wall with New Play TALKABOUT

By Christine Mason

           To many New Yorkers, it was a shock when our current President Donald Trump was elected this past November. In fact, several comedians took advantage of the seemingly humorous situation, making entire skits about Donald’s run for presidency. Many were amused with Trump’s word choices, hair malfunctions, and jokes such as “orange is the new black.” However, some of the ideas and moralities expressed by Trump are actually quite frightening—and it grew worse with the possibility of his changes becoming a reality. 

           Many opposed students have asked the question, “How did we get here? Who actually voted for Trump?” The media says that most citizens who voted for Trump did so because of their strong dislike for Hilary Clinton—this reasoning is sometimes called the “Lesser of Two Evils.” Despite this majority, there were many Trump-supporters who really did agree with his views. The explanation for this is actually quite simple: these people wanted change. Many US citizens, notably in the South, were unsatisfied with the quality of their lives, so when an interesting fellow yells that he will “make America great again,” it attracted these people. This group of Trump-supporters may not have known what kinds of changes they desired or needed, but Donald Trump’s promise of major change and work getting done sold them—even if the man came with some questionable beliefs regarding race, women, and other sensitive issues. 

          The idea of needing change but being unsure of the actions to take are actually a pretty common theme in politics. After major wars, or countries’ gaining independence, the countries involved have to reconsider, recover, and rebuild—and sometimes the next steps are not obvious ones. This leaves many countries with a lot of issues to solve, and that may be due to a lack of creativity. 

        Imagine being in a room full of politicians, all of them stating that changes must be made—but every time an idea is offered, it’s shot down and the group must start from the beginning. This is the plot for playwright George Coates’s new piece Talkabout. George is a British writer who was inspired to write this stylistic piece because of the patterns he saw in current events around the world. Specifically, he found Brexit, Britain’s departure from the EU, and Donald Trump’s election particularly interesting. 

         Come see “Talkabout” for an artistic execution of today’s current events and political themes. If you like history, contemporary issues, or dramatic irony you are sure to enjoy this play. 

TALKABOUT By George Coates 
Talkabout is an absurdist play which aims to ask questions of social convention and compliance to said social conventions. 

Saturday, July 15th at 9pm 
Sunday, July 16th at 5pm 
Monday, July 17th at 9pm 
Tuesday, July 18th at 9pm 

Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office 
Premium Seats: $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office

At the Theatre at St. Clement's 
423 West 46th Street, NYC 
Between 9th & 10th Avenue

For tickets, click here

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