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Berlin; or, The Part of You That Wants It: A Musical Comedy Love Story (Written by Accident)
A Note from the Playwright
Why I Wrote Berlin
I wrote Berlin out of a desire to critique a new trend in leftist movements toward an unwillingness to accept criticism and their self-righteous creation of a new status quo of social etiquette which reinforces the oppressive tendencies of the very conservative rhetoric it tries to upend. Our communities of thought, despite noble aims, are actively encouraging anti-intellectual, morally simplistic discourse on the complicated issues of gender identity, race relations, and politics that ultimately stifle progressive liberation of oppression more than they support said liberation.
As such, I find it necessary to satirize the neo-Status-quo liberal age through the purposeful offending of its neo-Puritanical values in the aim of confronting pseudo-liberal hypocrisy and advocating for a healthy discourse on the rich complexities of moral struggles. It seems to me that the only way to defeat pseudo-liberalism is to show pseudo-liberals exactly what they don't want to see, irreverent portrayals of comic vice specifically designed to offend and upset, not for the purpose of supporting oppression, but to highlight the role of pseudo-liberalism in the plight of the oppressed and to propose radical open-mindedness of moral complexity as an antidote to the vice of anti-intellectual oppression.
Berlin is driven by a desire to portray the truth of a side of the human experience liberals choose not to confront, i.e. the play's not trying to be political, it just uses political issues to try to be honest and confrontational and funny for the sake of dramatic engagement with a locus of political yearning.