Building the Wall

October 15 - October 15, 2017

by Robert Schenkkan
directed by Les Waters
The only thing for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.


October 15, 2017, 7:00 PM

at Highland Baptist Church
1101 Cherokee Road

Runs one night only.
No reservations are required for this free event.


CO-HOSTED BY

ACLU of Kentucky
Fairness Campaign
Highland Baptist Church
Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Kentucky Interfaith Taskforce on Latin America and the Caribbean
Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice
Mijente Louisville

WRITER’S NOTE ON BUILDING THE WALL

THE ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS THAT GOOD MEN DO NOTHING.

Several years ago I stumbled across, “Into That Darkness”by Gitta Sereny. It is an attempt to understand the bleakest of the Nazi horrors by focusing on one ordinary man who for a brief moment, found himself with unlimited power. The past is often the future and in this play I have imagined a not so distant time to come in which President Trump’s rhetoric has found its full expression. While the current political crisis is extraordinary it is not new, the authoritarian play book is well established. Create a constant state of crisis which only a “strong” leader can solve. Encourage fear, divide the populace, and scapegoat minorities with appeals to nationalism, racism, and isolationism. Smear your opponents as unpatriotic and tell the press to “just shut up and listen.” The question, of course, is not so much what the Authorities will do but how we, the citizens, will respond. Sickened by the hate, by the constant assault, will we succumb to our fears, avert our gaze, and look after our own interests? Or will we enthusiastically put our shoulders to their dark wheel? Or will we resist. To those who say that could never happen here in this country, I reply, maybe so, but that of course will depend entirely on what you do.

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