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Occupy Broadway Street Performances, Dec. 2-3, 2011

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As a follow up to the ruling of New York State Judge Stallman, Occupy is taking advantage of the ruling that people have the right to assembly in privately owned public spaces 24 hours a day. For 24 hours, Occupy has a number of non stop performances near the red steps on Times Square. This makes Occupy's street theatre very visible to theatre goers and tourists. It goes along with the New York City Occupy movements making themselves visible all over the city.

Occupy Broadway also brings attention to how theatre has lost space in NYC, as venues for theatre have become shopping stores and bank branches. As low cost theatres have disappeared, the common person who cannot spend hundreds of dollars on a Broadway ticket gets cut off. Occupy Broadway's street performances make music and theatre available for all. The importance of street theatre for culture is enormous. Many who later on became Hollywood actors, directors, and screenwriters started out in community theatre. Other musicians started out doing small musicals. The effect small scale artistic spaces have on our culture is enormous, as trends on the scene can become mainstream.

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