In recognition of Banned Books Week (BBW) - September 26−October 3, 2009 - and our upcoming presentation of the critically acclaimed musical Spring Awakening, we offer the following quiz:
Which of the following works of theater have been banned?
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Tartuffe by Molière
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Marriage of Figaro by Pierre Augustin Caron De Beaumarchais
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan
The Three-Penny Opera by Bertolt Brecht
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Kismet by Edward Knoblock
Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
West Side Story by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Jesus Christ Superstar by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Hair by Gerome Ragni, James Rado, and Galt McDermott
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner
Fences by August Wilson
Master Harold and the Boys by Athol Fugard
Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
Miss Saigon by Alain Boubil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Richard Maltby, Jr.
If you said ALL of these plays have been banned…you are correct!
Spring Awakening, the winner of eight 2007 Tony Awards including best musical, is based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 drama, a work so daring in its depiction of teenage
self-discovery it was banned from the stage and not performed in its complete form in English for nearly 100 years. The musical plays Segerstrom Hall November 17 - 29, 2009.
BBW, an annual event held during the last week of September, celebrates the freedom to read and the power of literature.