Gotta love some of actor Paul Braunstein's honest answers in this Praxis Theatre interview about Alias Godot:
4) What was your first reaction after reading Gall’s script?Elsewhere in the blogosphere, I'm pleased to see my recent article about the lack of Canadian plays about Afghanistan has stirred up a bit of discussion.
My first reaction to his play was:
1. hope I get to be in it
3. what the fuck is it about?
5) How would you describe Richard Rose’s approach to directing this project?
Richard’s approach to this was let’s get into the truth of the relationships, otherwise it will just be a weird-fest, that’s my interpretation anyway.
- The Wrecking Ball blames our tradition of timidity, but also notes that Afghanistan is just a hard issue to write about: "Reading Outside the Wire, (first-hand accounts of Canadians in Afghanistan) or Sarah Chayes’ brilliant book The Punishment of Virtue or watching her talk about the situation recently on PBS, it’s clear how muddy it all is. Are we an occupation force? Are we fighting a nebulous American-led War on Terror? Are we peace-keeping? Nation-building? Are we preventing human rights atrocities? Or are we committing them? What is our mission anyway? But of course theatre doesn’t have to answer those questions, it has to pose them. It has to dramatize those questions."
Praxis Theatre tried to get a discussion going over on their Theatre is Territory blog, then, over at the Guardian blog, Chris Wilkinson kept it alive in his latest Noises Off.