BANNED TOGETHER: A CENSORSHIP CABARET Set for Banned Books Week in NYC
The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund ("DLDF") will present "Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret" as a part of Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1st), the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The performance will take place on September 29th and 30th at 5PM at the Drama Book Shop (250 W 40th St).
"Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret" 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", "Almost, Maine", "Rent" and "Angels in America," among other notable works, with contextual commentary by DLDF president John Weidman.
The show will be performed by special guest artists (soon to be announced) and TADA! Youth Theater's Resident Youth Ensemble, directed by TADA's Producing Artistic Director, Janine Nina Trevens. In addition to the two performances in New York City, "Banned Together" will also be performed across the country in Miami, Chicago and San Francisco, as part of the Banned Books Week activities.
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. For more, visit www.dldf.org or follow on Twitter @TheDLDF.
Since 1984, TADA!'s mission is to provide young people from all different backgrounds with musical theater programs that inspire them to be creative, learn, and think differently. TADA! is an unique Drama Desk award-winning nonprofit youth theater that produces original musicals for children, teens, and family audiences. TADA! offers a free, year-round, pre-professional training & youth development program through the Resident Youth Ensemble (ages 8-18); musical theater classes/camps for the public; as well as musical theater residencies in NYC schools and community centers. Through TADA!'s high-quality work, young people develop advanced skills and attributes in leadership, self-confidence, communication, responsibility, creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving - skills that help with growing up and are essential to their success both in school and in life.