In this article, Miriam Felton-Dansky outlines recent debates over censorship and controversial theater in an international context. She describes the history of Western free speech debates since the fall of Communism, delineates recent scandals such as the uproar over Behzti, Jerry Springer: The Opera, and My Name Is Rachel Corrie, explores ideas about the powers of live performance to provoke and offend, and parses contemporary debates about what actually constitutes the conceptual category of “censorship.”

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