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.
Senate Republicans hope to have a vote on their version of the American Health Care Act, which the House passed on May 4, as soon as next week before Congress breaks for recess. Democrat Senators are criticizing Republicans for legislating in a shroud of secrecy without holding public hearings and not making them privy to the negotiations. As Democrats did in 2009 for the Affordable Care Act, the 52 member Republican majority will invoke a special process known as reconciliation that only requires 51 votes to approve the health care overhaul. Do you approve of Republican Senators drafting a health care reform bill without the Democrats input?
Do you agree with the decision to reveal the identities of the jury deadlocked on the Cosby sexual assault trial?