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Tenara Calem

Tenara Calem is a student at Bennington College, where she studies acting, playwriting, and public policy. She is thrilled to have been published on HowlRound. She has just finished a theater internship in Brooklyn, New York, where she is excited to have gleaned the skills necessary for community building through devised, theatrical performance.

The Myth of the “Relationship” Play
Essay

The Myth of the “Relationship” Play

26 February 2014

The idea that there are profound plays of political content, and then there are “relationship plays” is an attitude I have encountered many times in many places. It seems to me that there is this idea that theater must be political theater, because we, in our cushioned Occidental culture, have determined that diversity is a political issue, not a tool through which to be inclusive and explore humanity…right?