Monday, March 27, 2017
White Rabbit Red Rabbit
Imagine being 29 years old and unable to leave your country. Iranian Nassim Soleimanpour is a conscientious objector who refused to take part in military service, mandatory for all Iranian men. Soleimanpour turned his isolation to his advantage with a wild, utterly original play, an absurdist adventure that blends comedy and drama. In White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, he distills the experience of an entire generation born amid the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war—computer-literate, well-informed young people who have never known an Iran other than the Islamic Republic. With no director, no set, and a different guest performer each night, this play is performed by distinct local actors reading a script they see for the first time as they step onstage in front of a live audience. Using a menagerie of allegorical animals, the play is “not about Iran,” but grapples with the social phenomena of power, obedience, and manipulation.
Some Senate Democrats want to delay the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch until after the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians. Democrats still smarting over Republican's refusal last year to consider Judge Merrick Garland, Obama's nominee, because they wanted the next president elect to choose. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer contends if the shoe were on the other foot and a Democratic president was under investigation, Republicans wouldn't be filling a Supreme Court seat. Should the Senate hold off confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to Supreme Court until after the FBI investigation of President Trump's campaign?
Do you believe recent unlawful leaks of classified information to the press are acts of espionage?