Occupy Broadway: “Creative Resistance” revives the Wall Street Protests

This weekend, a number of theater personalities, artists and performers, including a needle-swallowing carnival artiste, headed to the privately-owned Paramount Plaza in New York’s theater district for a 24-hour-long protest in order to reclaim and reinvigorate the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Dan Glass of Wired writes:

“Creative resistance,” as some are calling the approach, might be the new face of the Occupy protest. Now that the anchoring attention-getter of the Occupy Wall Street movement — the encampment at Zuccotti Park — is gone, occupiers are searching for ways to keep the discussion alive and growing. There are plenty of indoor meetings and online discussions, but face-to-face interaction with the public is considered crucial, and marches don’t allow for much discourse.

While most of the other Occupy protests have been associated with clashes with the police, violence, sloganeering and the usual spate of pepper-spraying and arrests, the Occupy Broadway effort was mostly peaceful and fun. Every hour, between the carnival acts and the New York City Labor Chorus, between the hula-hoopers and The Yes Men in their inflatable “survivaballs,” between The Living Theatre and Bread and Puppet, there was a group recital of the First Amendment.

The most powerful moment of the night, however, came when writer and monologist Mike Daisey gave an extremely compelling speech on consumerism, protest and Occupy Wall Street. Watch the entire monologue:

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