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Monday, September 11, 2006

Censorship in Spain?

An anti-Franco play about Lorca has been cancelled at the Teatro Espanol, a state theatre in Madrid. However, it seems vague so far who is really responsible. Reuters claims the playwright Pepe Rubianes "called off" the opening himself after claiming to receive death threats from rightist groups.

From the Reuters story it also seems clear that the opposition to the play is based not just on its content but on previous comments Rubianes has made comparing the current Spanish government to the Taliban in its respect for free speech.

More will probably emerge. Meanwhile it's fascinating--but not surprising--to see how raw the Civil War still is there. They're only thirty years into a post-Franco world, after all.

(The story is also summed up in the Times' Arts, Briefly.)

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