Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"Kissinger" as "The Evil Landholder"

Walter Cronkite introduces Scene 5 of John Adams's Nixon in China (1987), "The President Attends the Ballet", a play-within-a-play that features a conscripted "Henry Kissinger" in the role of "The Evil Landholder", a scene so upsetting to "the Nixons" that they enter the ballet, something Madame Mao did on numerous occasions if she felt a production had strayed from its ideological imperative.

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