Today the Kennedy Center hosted a panel discussion featuring three people representing the presence and importance of theater in the context of displacement and conflict. These individuals are brave, but I am omitting their names because I, personally, have no interest in placing them in any additional danger.
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The first thing the woman from Syria said was, "It is all true." She is accustomed to being bombarded with questions about what is really happening in Syria. When she says "it is all true," she means that the killing, murder, torture and bombings are all real. In the areas still controlled by the regime, they pretend that nothing is wrong. There are interruptions to electricity and curfews, but, otherwise, life goes on. The free territories are under the threat of the Islamists. That is not an American translation of her words; that is what she said. The activists and artists have to go into hiding when the Islamists come through. When they return, the people they worked with, or even the village itself, may be gone. The regime uses the extremists as an excuse to bomb.