The following article is part of a series of essays on the ethics of play production. In search of statements of aesthetic and ethical purpose, the author has frequently found it necessary to analyze theaters' advertising, for it is only in their advertisements that most of our theaters choose to make statements about themselves and the intent of their work. This piece is not, then, a review of Actors Theatre's “Classics in Context” festival, and will not comment on its quality. It seeks instead to examine the theoretical constitution of such a festival from the standpoint of dramaturgy as a developing force in the American theater. Ironically, as this piece argues, one of the resident dramaturg's tasks might well be the elucidation of a theater's aesthetic mission which, if available, would have made it unnecessary to analyze an advertisement for a statement of purpose.

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