“A PROVOCATIVE MASKED BALL SET IN THE RUINS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER:” They do this because they know we won’t behead them. Such is the bravery of artists. (Possibly NSFW, though not in any sort of appealing way).
UPDATE: Bryon Scott emails: “The irony of this play isn’t that it uses World Trade Center imagery. It’s that the point of it is to expose the cruel disparity between the rich and poor in America. This coming from a country who’s unemployment rate has been close to double that of the US for the last fifteen years.”
The real irony is that if you staged a similarly nasty opera about modern German in America, nobody would care, because Germany doesn’t matter that much. And they hate that.