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We Are Pussy Riot (or) Everything Is P.R. questions the role of spectators in protest art


There is method to the mess in this Red Tape Theatre production.

The YouTube video of Pussy Riot’s brief provocation—about 48 seconds—at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior on February 21, 2012, makes their actions seem almost anodyne by comparison to, say, Act Up’s protests at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City 30 years ago. Yet the price paid by the women arrested that day, two of whom served 21 months in prison for “hooliganism,” resonates through Barbara Hammond’s kaleidoscopic and chaotic We Are Pussy Riot (or) Everything Is P.R., now in a thrashing, unapologetically messy production at Red Tape under Kate Hendrickson’s direction.…

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