The level of your discomfort during the play An Unsafe Space will depend greatly on which fence or fences you're sitting on. Be prepared to be at least somewhat uncomfortable for at least part of this play ... If you dare to attend at all that is.
An Unsafe Space reminds us that mechanisms of political correctness are not necessarily as corrective as they appear to be. Some are designed to make the offending party feel less guilty about their existence, than they are about actually correcting anything politically.
Now who'd have thunk that the practice of Land Acknowledgements wouldn't be a home run. Well, me, the first time I heard about the practice happening in our public schools. Partly because my grandson is Indigenous on his father's side.
Considering his "In" status does that not exempt him from standing there as the other students espouse a mantra that basically has their eyes glazing over like the Lord's Prayer once did mine?
I fully agree with the plays sentiment that Land Acknowledgements at public gatherings don't do anything. If you truly want to make up for theft you start by returning the object that you stole. You don't apologize for taking it ... (*cough* … Justin) … Then decide to build a oil pipeline through it. (*cough" ... *cough* … Trudeau)
At the very least you could start by making sure that Canada's Indigenous people's have drinkable water. Now there's a pipeline for ya!
Otherwise, An Unsafe Space deals with a myriad of those politically correct issues that you don't talk about in polite society. An Unsafe Space doesn't tell you how to think. It doesn't tell you what to think. It simply reminds you to think.
The World Premier of An Unsafe Space will be on stage at the Tranzac Club until January 20th, 2019. Click here for more information and tickets.