In America Is Hard To See, you spend 90 intense minutes with a group of convicted sex offenders who have been sequestered to a rural community in the sugarcane fields of Florida who are being integrated into a nearby church's congregration. The show has a documentary feel, using transcripts from actual interviews to bring the characters and story to vibrant life with traditional Methodist hymns and new music woven into the story. The result is visceral and gut-wrenching theater that permeates with sadness, even as funny moments help take the edge off the dangerous perspectives the creators ask you to consider.
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Similar to Netflix's Making A Murderer, this play asks questions that make you consider the humanity, first and foremost, of the accused. In a world where the suicide of convicted sex offenders like Glee's Mark Salling is international news, maybe we should all be working a little harder to find the kindness and compassion within ourselves for these people instead of accepting our society's black-and-white labeling of them as monsters. Dig deep within yourself during America Is Hard To See and you might even walk out with a sense of...optimism and hope?
America Is Hard To See runs through February 24.