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.
The Supreme Court will hear a dispute between the U.S. and Microsoft on whether the government has the authority to force them to hand over emails and other digital information sought in a drug trafficking criminal probe but stored on a server in Ireland. A federal appeals court ruled the emails were beyond the reach of a domestic search warrant. The case is among several that pits tech. companies' right to protect digital privacy and investigators' need for information to combat crime and terrorism.
Should Gov. Wolf approve the House revenue proposal that borrows $1.5 billion-dollars, expands gambling, and uses fund transfers without raising taxes to balance the budget?