Join us and a talented band of professional actors and local students at Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 28 at Short Stories Bookshop and Community Hub in Madison, NJ.

Every year, the American Library Association and Amnesty International run an awareness campaign called Banned Books Week.  It is meant to raise awareness of books that have been banned or challenge and to celebrate the power of the written word, as those important books eventually won out over censorship to impart the wisdom ensconced in their pages.  Some of those books, like To Kill a Mockingbird or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, were instrumental in teaching people harsh truths about the treatment of African-Americans.  Others, like Our Bodies, Ourselves and Howl were important in prompting discussions about health and sexuality in America.  And so we take the time every year to remind ourselves of the dangers of censorship.

Censorship isn’t limited to just books, however, and great plays and musicals have been banned, challenged, and sparked rioting and protests throughout history as inconvenient truths have been delivered on stages to audiences who fought and resisted them.  But, in time, powerful plays and musicals have triumphed and sparked conversations and debate that have contributed to the advancement of civil and human rights everywhere.

This September 28 at 7:30 PM, the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, in conjunction with Writer’s Theatre of New Jersey, will present Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret,  a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages. This event was created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theatre. The performances will feature selections from Cabaret; Chicago; Almost, Maine; Rent; and Angels in America; among other notable works. The libretto is by DLDF president John Weidman.

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret will be presented in seventeen cities as a part of Banned Books Week (September 24-30), the annual celebration of the freedom to read.

Madison resident Brian Lang is the musical director for the evening, he will be joined by fellow Madison resident Kasey Colligan, as well as Philipe Abiyouness and an acapella crew from Drew University. Writers Theatre favorites Michael Irvin Pollard, Walter Zimmerman, and Sahirah Johnson will fill out the evening

The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization created by the Dramatists Guild to advocate for free expression in the dramatic arts and a vibrant public domain for all, and to educate the public about the industry standards surrounding theatrical production and about the protections afforded dramatists under copyright law.

Website: / Twitter: @TheDLDF  For more information contact Amy VonVett at the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund at(212) 398-9366 x20.

The performance is free, although donations to the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund are appreciated. You can also make your donation in advance by doing so on the DLDF website.

Prior to the performance at 6pm, get together with Dramatist Guild members for food and drink at Poor Herbie’s, around the corner from the performance at 13 Waverly Place, Madison, NJ.

You can reserve your seats for the performance by clicking here.