The Boston Public Library and the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (“DLDF”) are pleased to present “Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret” as a part of Banned Books Week (September 23-29th), the annual celebration of the freedom to read.
Banned Together is a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theater. The performances will feature selections from Cabaret, Chicago, Fun Home, Vagina Monologues, Rent and Angels in America, among other notable works, with a libretto by John Weidman (Assassins, Pacific Overtures) and J.T. Rogers (Oslo, Blood and Gifts).
This year Banned Together will be performed in fifteen cities across the country including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and for the first-time ever, Boston. The Boston production will be directed by award-winning director Ilyse Robbins.
The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization created by the Dramatists Guild to advocate for free expression in the dramatic arts and a vibrant public domain for all, and to educate the public about the industry standards surrounding theatrical production and about the protections afforded dramatists under copyright law.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.