NCAC urges Superintendent to reverse his decision to ban student play
On February 25, school board members in La Grande, OR voted to uphold Superintendent Larry Glaze’s decision to censor a student production of Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”, ignoring spirited and articulate appeals from the High School principal and drama teacher. It was yet another disturbing case of school officials catering to the more censorious voices in their community. Prior to the board meeting, NCAC urged Superintendent Glaze to reconsider his decision. Read our arguement here.
Student Play About Iraq War Censored
Edward Albee, Stephen Sondheim, Christopher Durang, Marsha Norman, John Guare, and other prominent members of the Dramatists Guild joined NCAC and other free speech advocates to oppose the censorship of a student play about Iraq in Wilton, CT. Wilton High School’s Principal cancelled the play due to questions of “political balance” and context. A press release said the school plans to continue conversation about the issue, but still objects to the play’s use of found media and that the students planned to act out the roles of soldiers. Read more here.
Controversy: Embrace it!
By Svetlana Mintcheva and Joan Bertin