‘Banned Together’ 2017. (Photo provided by The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund.)
The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (DLDF) in partnership with PEN America will present the third annual Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret in 13 cities as a part of Banned Books Week (September 23-29), the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The show will be performed over one week, some simultaneously, in the following cities:
Atlanta- Out Front Theater
Baltimore- Zion Church of the City of Baltimore
Boston- Boston Public Library
Buffalo-St. Nichols School Reading Room
Golden, CO-Miners Alley
Dallas- Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Kansas City/St Louis-Tesseract Theatre
Los Angeles-Skylight Theater
Nashville Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel
San Francisco-Phoenix Theatre
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”, “Indecent”, “Rent” and “Angels in America,” among other notable works, with a libretto by DLDF president John Weidman (Assassins) and J.T. Rogers (Oslo, Blood and Gifts).
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.
PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. The organization champions the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Its mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.