We rarely look to the arts for commentary on the news of the day--on actual current events in real time--and I don't understand why. I don't understand why an artistic lens isn't as viable as a journalistic one, given that journalism is just as bias as any other lens. You just have to be cognizant of which lens you're looking through.
The 5th Annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival is taking a new course this year, presenting the festival in two series, A and B. Each playwright was asked to write two one-minute plays; for Series A the playwrights had to answer the question, Where have we been? and Series B answers, Where are we going? The context of the questions are our community at large: Boston.
Approximately 50 playwrights were asked to participate, and what you get are 100 heartbeats that make up an entire night of theater/commentary on who are are as a community, where we've been, and where we're going.
The 5th Annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival runs January 2 - 5, 2016, right at the time in our lives when we're looking back on an old year, and looking toward a new one.