Banned Plays: Censorship Histories of 125 Stage Dramas by Dawn B. Sova

By Dawn B. Sova

As public tastes swap, so does the character of well known drama. within the 5th century BCE, Aristophanes' "Lysistrata" attracted censors for its topics of wifely uprising and intercourse. From the fifteenth to the 18th centuries, performs have been censored essentially for non secular or political purposes. within the nineteenth century, social and sexual purposes for censorship emerged, and sleek moralists have objected to works by way of such playwrights as Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill, and Lillian Hellman. so much lately, performs facing subject matters akin to homosexuality and AIDS have garnered undesirable realization from censors. This paintings outlines the censorship historical past of one hundred twenty five vintage performs from precedent days to the current. each one access offers the name(s) below which the play has seemed, the date it used to be produced and state of unique construction, a precis of the play, its censorship heritage, and recommendations for extra reading.

Among the works lined are: "Angels in the United States - Millennium Approaches", Tony Kushner, 1991; "Le Barbier de Seville", Pierre Beaumarchis, 1775; "The Children's Hour", Lillian Hellman, 1934; "The Crucible", Arthur Miller, 1953; "Henry IV, half 2", William Shakespeare, 1598; "Jesus Christ Superstar" Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1971; "Oedipus Rex", Sophocles, 425 BCE; "Oh! Calcutta", Kenneth Tynan, 1969; "Salome", Oscar Wilde, 1896; and "Le Tartruffe", Moliere, 1669.

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McClure alerted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which provided representation at the next attempted performance in Berkeley, California. The performance was presented by Rare Angel Productions in front of 100 specially assembled “expert witnesses,” including poet and owner of City Lights Bookstore Lawrence Ferlinghetti; Zen popularizer Alan Watts; members of the clergy; and academicians. Also present were photographers and tape-recording crews to photograph and record the seven members of the Berkeley Police Department and district attorney’s office.

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