Given the death of Justice Scalia this past weekend, I thought that I would re-blog the post that I wrote about the play based on his role in on the Supreme Court.
History: Place, Events, Ideas, People. We study these as individual threads of understanding. We weave them back together in a sequence to see the patterns that emerge. But, in so doing, we are looking to the past. Possibly, the images that we view give us guidance for today. Theatre is full of history. Greek tragedies and epics cautioned the viewers about the excesses of ambition and the suffering of perseverance. Shakespeare, Johnson, and Marlow cast royalty and rift-raft into lineages of succession while battling for the crown. Contemporary plays fit Martin Luther King, Jr, and Paul Robeson into the pantheon of historic figures. Is is possible to write a history play when history is being made?
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