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From Banned to Broadway

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Young thespians at Wilton High School in Wilton, Connecticut, faced some bad news last month: Their principal was canceling the play about the Iraq War they'd been writing and producing, citing concerns about "balance, content, and copyright." But now several notable theater companies have offered to provide them with a performance venue. They'll be staging their play—a collection of fictional soldier monologues titled "Voices in Conflict"—at the off-Broadway Public Theater in New York City and at the Culture Project, a theater focusing on politically salient works. The students also received moral support from the Dramatists Guild of America, plus a "Courage in Theater" award from Musical Theater International. "We are so honored and thrilled, there's no words to describe how excited we are," says theater teacher Bonnie Dickinson.

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Re: "a collection of fictional soldier monologues..."

Its important to note that this theatre piece is a compilation of actual quotes, both spoken and written, of real soldiers who have or have had their feet on the ground in Iraq. There is no fiction in the work at all.

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