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 theatre. Previous performances have featured selections from Cabaret, Chicago, Indecent, Rent, Fun Home, and Angels in America, among other notable works, with contextual commentary by John Weidman and J.T. Rogers.
In partnership with PEN America, Banned Together will be performed during Banned Books Week, September 23 - 29, in thirteen cities across the United States. To find Banned Together in your area, Click HERE.
The Dramatists Guild created the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund to advocate and to educate, and to provide you with a new resource in defense of the First Amendment and on behalf of a robust public domain.
In light of dwindling public funding for the arts, the DLDF advocates not only for writers, but for theatres and other theatre artists (as well as audiences, schools, students, and the culture at large), all of whom are confronting censorship and other related issues of public import, including the diminishment of the public domain. The DLDF can also aid indigent artists who cannot defend themselves. This aid and advocacy may take the form of letters, articles, and lectures in public fora, intervention in litigation through amicus briefs and expert testimony, or finding affordable representation for those caught up in these disputes.
And the DLDF educates… not only about the importance to our society of free expression, rational copyright regulation, and an ever-expanding public domain, but about the industry standards that have evolved over the past hundred years to protect the development and production of dramatic works in America, in order to bring to theatres and theatre audiences a fuller understanding of the theatre business and the playwright’s vital role in it.