From the Green Room - June 2016

Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions." - Bertolt Brecht

Many factions are at war right now. There are so many places we can start, right? To begin, there are the 2nd amendment issues surrounding the devastating mass shooting in Orlando (and countless others before it) and the tensions of the current U.S. presidential election campaigns. Then, there's the tragic murder of a young British MP, the ongoing issues of the horrific refugee crisis and the strong tensions of the upcoming Brexit vote. At a time when conflict is so prevelant, there is an overwhelming need for the common communication system that Brecht spoke of. This is where art comes into play.

Art can create change. The current global socio-political climate indicates a desperate need for this change. As film director Paul Haggis said, "I don't think it's the job of filmmakers to give anybody answers. I do think, though, that a good film makes you ask questions of yourself as you leave the theatre." Think of the possibilities of this theory being applied to multiple arts forms. 

By this reasoning, it is art's responsibility to stimulate critical thinking.  If the questions are not raised in the conscious mind of the individual, how will they ever be realised or acted upon in society?