Anti-Trump Propaganda Play Closes Early in NYC

If anti-Trump propaganda can’t succeed in New York City that may be a clue that it is no good.

I suspect the problem with recent anti-Trump propaganda is that Leftist writers have gotten away for years with putting their values into dramas in plays, TVs, and movie theaters. It made them overconfident. In the past, they have been somewhat more subtle—less directly oppositional. The self-righteous self-described “white hot fury,” that inspired Robert Schenkkan to write a play in only a week, may not have served him well. A similar problem caused Kathy Griffin and her staff to stumble.

The New York Times reports, “‘Building the Wall,’ Which Imagines Life After Trump, to Close.

A political drama that sketches a dark vision of an America in recovery after the imagined impeachment of President Trump will close its New York production on Sunday — about a month before the play’s producers originally intended, according to the producer, Jeffrey Richards.

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The Off Broadway play, “Building the Wall,” was scheduled to run through July 9, according to a news release announcing the its premiere.

Robert Schenkkan, the play’s author, said on Twitter that its “final performances” would be this weekend.

The two-character piece, which is slated to be produced at various theaters around the country, made its New York premiere on May 12 and officially opened May 24.

Mr. Schenkkan has won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his work. The Tony was for “All the Way,” his examination of the first year of Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, which starred Bryan Cranston on Broadway in 2014.

The weird thing about the play’s premise—that a terrorist attack led to President Trump putting Muslims and Hispanics in camps—is that such an event actually has happened. Progressive hero Franklin Delano Roosevelt interred Japanese Americans in response to Pearl Harbor. So why should the fictional crimes of Trump outweigh the real crimes of progressives?

In the meantime, the play is still showing in Los Angeles, so maybe New York is an outlier.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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