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Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theatre provides an example of what a Marxist theatre could look like. “Fear and Misery of the Third Reich” by Lake Crimson is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Towards a Marxist theatre

With the onset of the pandemic, the second Black Lives Matter movement, and the economic crisis, theatre as an art form and an industry is in a period of crisis and rebuilding.

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American Interregnum

American interregnum

Both the pandemic and the response to it represent the irrationality and destructiveness of capitalism. The crisis of care was already evident before the outbreak of Covid, but was greatly exacerbated by it.

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Still from Koyaanisqatsi

Dialectical ecology

“If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster.” Thus reads one of the Hopi prophecies which echo throughout Philip Glass’s haunting soundtrack for Koyaanisqatsi (1982).

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A night view of Shenzhen city in South China's Guangdong province. Photo dfic.cn

Lefebvre in the Age of COVID

COVID has upended urban life as we once knew it. But it intensified already existing pathologies, those contaminating “normal,” pre-pandemic life. Our present urban reality is one of the de-encounter, a thinning down rather than thickening up, the dispersion and dilution of city life, its fear and loathing.

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The Case for Abolition, for Skeptics

The case for abolition, for skeptics

In the final piece of the series, NLG Anti-Racism Committee Co-Chair and one of the proponents of the 2020 policing resolution Kira Kelley makes the case for the abolition of policing and offers examples of individuals and projects taking power and resources away from police and prisons to create non-carceral, non-punitive alternatives.

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