I've seen the Sacrificial Poets twice in the past month, first at the Arab Springs Conference at Duke, where they did straight reporting of what they saw in Egypt and Tunisia last summer. It was as passionate as when they first returned. I sat next to a Tunisian professor, who was clearly moved by what she heard and saw.
I also saw Acts of Witness: Poetic Portraits of a Revolution Tuesday evening at the ArtsCenter. The theater piece is quite different from what they were trying to accomplish earlier: it's too bad that Woods doesn't understand the difference.
Woods doesn't understand that the world has changed since Kane, Will, Mohammed and Sameer returned from Egypt and Tunisia, and this theater piece has changed with it. It's already clear that the revolutions are threatened by reaction: so how can their stories simply recount the excitement and immediacy of their successes?
This piece is about much more than the revolutions: it's about the journeys of 4 young men, raised with certain beliefs about revolution, finally experiencing real revolutions, and finding themselves changed by them. They are no longer simply channeling the emotion they experienced in North Africa, as they were at first. This theater piece is a meditation on what we as residents of North Carolina have a right to say on behalf of our North African sisters and brothers. Did Woods even notice that the evening ends with images of Chapel Hill and Carrboro? What I saw at the ArtsCenter was the mature reflection of what has happened in the lives of these four witnesses. The panel discussion afterwards showed just how successfully they've done it.
Your article no doubt finds the best pie money can buy in the Triangle.
But you haven't tasted the best pie until you've tasted my friend Barbara Anderson's pie.
This is the sad truth for those people not fortunate enough to know her.
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