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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Tyler Polumsky
Branded by human rights groups as one of the world's most repressive regimes, Uzbekistan is perhaps the last place one would expect an experimental theater company to thrive. Yet Tashkent's Ilkholm theater has been going strong for nearly 30 years, and continues to deal with controversial themes such as sexuality and government repression.
"There is a fear that radical or righteous ideas will be born here inspired by Western concepts of freedom, and ultimately you will have a generation of young people who see the hypocrisy of the system and start making a fuss," said Tyler Polumsky, a Seattle-born graduate of Ilkholm's acting school.
"Since [Weil's] death, there have been hard times and good times," he says.