- This event has passed.
Incident at Vichy: An Anti-Inaugural Event
January 19, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
- 7 performances in Dudley Square’s dynamic gallery/performance space The Inner Sanctum
- Dates: January 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, and 26th
- All nights at 8pm, two shows Saturday the 21st (4 & 8), 2pm matinee Sunday, 22nd, only.
Praxis Stage is a new theater company, formed on 11/9, 2016, as a response to the disaster of Trump’s election. Our vision is to link theater with activism, producing plays that enter contemporary political crisis points and ongoing cultural conversations in the service of inciting dialogue to foment change.
INICDENT AT VICHY:
- Plans for Muslim Registries, and a hateful rhetoric that blasphemes a world religion framed by a “clash of civilizations” world-view.
- Visions of mass deportations, stoked by raucous choruses of immigrant-bashing, all engendering a wall-building sense of retribution.
- The demonizing of the “Inner Cities” as lost spaces that demand tough “Law and Order” solutions, bringing forth calls for Stop and Frisk racial-profiling as a national law enforcement policy.
- Increased casual diminishing of the rights and liberties of LGBTQ people and normalizing talk of “Conversion Therapy” as social policy.
- A longing for torture as a tool of foreign policy.
Trump’s “Great America,” it seems is forged with a vision that seeks to control, deport, and destroy what it perceives as The Other. And the alarmingly marked post-election spike in hate crimes gives evidence that far too many of his supporters understand this and are eager to help him get started. Into this climate, Praxis Stage presents Arthur Miller’s INCIDENT AT VICHY (1964) which takes place in a holding room in Nazi occupied France where several detained men wait in fear and dread to be interviewed.
We are excited to get this particular play up on Inaugural Week of 2017, because it addresses issues that are of great concern to rational people who have really been listening to Trump for the last year, and are fearful of the portents of fascism he and his movement embody.