“Corrie” Cancellation Heretical

New York Theatre Workshop was surprised when there were big protests over its decision not to present “My Name Is Rachel Corrie.” It shouldn’t have been. “What made it a more volatile act was that by declining for now to offend with the play, the theater violated the most sacred principles of our artistic temples. Those principles are: Thou shalt offend, thou shalt test limits, thou shalt cause controversy. If there is an artistic orthodoxy in the West, it is that good art is iconoclastic and provocative, and that any pull back from this orthodoxy is cowardly and craven. In this distended context, the New York Theater Workshop’s act was heretical.”