Albee, Hwang, McNally and Rapp to Tackle Censorship in June 23 Panel

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Playwrights Edward Albee, David Henry Hwang, Terrence McNally and Adam Rapp will discuss censorship in a special June 23 panel discussion presented by the National Coalition Against Censorship.

David Henry Hwang
David Henry Hwang Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Theatre journalist David Cote will moderate the 6:30 PM event that will not only explore ways in which the playwrights have seen their own works censored, but also ways in which they censor themselves.

Rapp authored the play The Metal Children, about a New York-based writer and his encounter with censorship of one of his own works in a small American town, based on his own experience with his book "The Buffalo Tree" being pulled from the shelves of a Pennsylvania school library in 2005.

In March an in-class presentation of McNally's Corpus Christi, his vision of the story of Christ told through a homosexual lens, was cancelled at Tarleton State University in Texas after protest.

Hwang's M. Butterfly was cancelled in China in November 2009 after Chinese authorities stated the production was being performed without a license and police forced performances to cease.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, arguably Albee's most famous play, met with groups who sought changes to what were perceived as offensive passages in the script when the work premiered in Boston and London.

The event will be hosted at the home of Jane Friedman. For further information visit NCAC.

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