The so-called artistic director Burgess Clark at the Boston Children’s Museum apparently not happy with producing plays and productions for children wants to push the envelope. In his recent production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest he decided to add a nude scene to the show. The theater goers watching the cast consisting of children between 15 and 25 years-old were treated to a man of 21 years of age walking around nude.
A column about the show tells how the artistic director wants to push the limits of what is shown to children. I suggested previously that if he is bored with producing productions for children he should get another job in a non-children’s theater where he can treat himself and the audience with as much nudity as he wishes. I believed a theater that called itself the Children’s theater should stick to performances appropriate for children.
According to a recent report five trustees who believed that the Children’s Theater should be an appropriate place for children have resigned as they too apparently thought that theater should let children be children. The theater management oblivious to the idea that it is advertising itself as a place for children and has an artistic director that apparently is bored came out with a statement. It said: “When an organization is expanding as quickly as we are — growing its audience and its following — sometimes not everyone is on the same page with the pace of change.’’
The Children’s theater has been around since the 1950s. The recent expansion is apparently changing the idea of what is appropriate material to present to children. Perhaps a word of advice from the former First Lady Michelle Obama is in order.
You might have known that Michelle was behind the initiative to improve the health of children by providing restrictions on the types of food that they could be sold at school. She was bothered by the increase in obesity and illness among children. The Trump administration isn’t. They have allowed schools wanting to fatten up their students by serving them unhealthy foods to do so.
Michelle said: “Think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap.” She continued: “You have to stop and think: why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you?”
Continuing she said: “And why is that a partisan issue? Why would that be political? What is going on? You know, now that’s up to moms. Moms, think about this. I don’t care what state you live in. Take me out of the equation. Like me, don’t like me, but think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap. Why would you celebrate that? Why would you sit idly and be OK with that?
“Because here’s the secret: if somebody is doing that, they don’t care about your kid, and we need to demand everyone to care deeply about kids. That’s all we have. So we should be driving this and every elected official on this planet should understand: don’t play with our children. Don’t do it.”
This leads me to my point. Why would you want to run a children’s theater and show the kids crap? Crap is material that is inappropriate for children such as nudity. Are there any moms out there that would be comfortable with their pre-teen kids seeing this?
Again to paraphrase Michelle: “we need to demand everyone to care deeply about kids. That’s all we have. So we should be driving this and every elected official on this planet should understand: don’t play with our children. Don’t do it.”
The Boston Globe columnist said the artistic director “has raised questions about censorship and whether there should be limits on freedom of expression in a children’s theater.” Those aren’t the real questions. The real questions is whether we are going to play with out children? Just like they need to be guided in what they eat they also have to be guided in what they see. Are we going to protect them or not?
Where are the Boston mothers? Where is Boston’s media or mayor or councilors on this? Where is our governor or state legislators? Tadzio would call them as he calls me: “card carrying wimpy liberals.” They cannot even act to protect children.
One final point. It is that such an event could happen where the morals of children are to be balanced against the “freedom of expression in a children’s theater” that has embittered many Americans. They see a land where all morality is slipping away. The vulgar rising up to crush the few standards we live by. In their rebellion they turn to people like Trump because the Democratic Party as is shown by the reaction of our public officials here (Yes, Smiley Baker is a Democrat in all but name) no longer has any standards or backbone.