Controversial Playwright

“…there’s been little public outcry here in support of the playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, who went underground in England in December after receiving death threats in response to her play Behzti (Dishonor). The play’s run in Birmingham was canceled last month in the face of violent protests by members of Britain’s Sikh community, who objected to scenes of rape, murder, and corruption set in a Sikh temple.”

From a Village Voice article by Alisa Solomon.

Anybody know anything about this?

In general, it has probably been a long time since any American playwright has generated that kind of controversy.

Is this sort of controversy a good thing (theater is relevant dammit!) or not a good thing (restricting our freedom of expression).


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