I attended the play “The Predator” Monday evening at The Bricolage Theater on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. The play discussed the ethical dilemmas brought about by our country’s use of drone warfare. A healthy discussion followed the play, led by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s own Dan Simpson.
The playwright, Jack Gilroy, surprised the audience by being in attendance. The play was part of The Bricolage Theater’s Fifth Wall Series in which social and political issues are brought to light through live theater and film.
I applaud the Bricolage for being socially responsible and presenting topics like sexual assault in the military, problems with public transportation and the impact of fracking on the environment to the public through artistic expression. It would be wonderful if other theaters in the Pittsburgh area would follow the example of The Bricolage and include peace and social justice issues in their productions.
The writer is a board member of The Thomas Merton Center in Garfield.