“It feels like the times are calling us to produce more politically slanted work, but really, I think the times are calling the writers.” This is a quote by Artistic Director, Tim Sanford in the program notes, and I applaud that decision and idea. Ferrentino bravely dives into the arena as this is most certainly a time for writers to start addressing these topics and this moment in history, In her fervor though, she seems to have brought up a few too many boxes of ideas into the apartment that only end up cluttering the dynamic and the power. There was, I was told (although I wasn’t privy to see it at the time), a powerful piece at NYTW called Columbinus, that probed the psychological warfare of alienation, hostility, and social pressure that exists inside America’s high schools, written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, sparked by the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. And there should be more and more until something changes in our politics and legislature as it did in other wiser countries, like Japan and Australia. I hope these teenagers that are pushing the envelope of the #NeverAgain movement succeed in ways that adults haven’t been able to, of galvanizing a movement together that elicits change and hope for the future. I applaud Ferrentino and Playwrights Horizons in their attempt, but some more work needs to be done to make This Flat Earth feel more relevant and powerful overall, and less of a heavy burden for poor young Davis to shoulder.
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