"It's theater about how important theater can be, in its rawest form," said Malcolm Tulip, an assistant professor in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the production's director.
"Our Country's Good" grapples with crime and rehabilitation, and the role that theater — and art in general — can play in that process. The opening scene reveals some of the physical horrors the Australian prisoners face, while the officers debate how best to punish three of the convicts for stealing. One suggests death, another a less severe punishment and a third officer gives up completely. To this point, their exchange is almost indistinguishable from a contemporary discussion about crime in America.
The colony’s leader comes up with a more creative solution: What about a play?
Here's the rest of my preview for the Daily.