What is a Panopticon?

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PANOPTICON :/pa’ näpti kän/ noun

A building, as a prison, hospital, library, or the like, so arranged that all parts o fate interior are visible form a singe point.

The Panopticon is a term coined in the late eighteenth century by English social theorist Jermey Bentham. The design concept was to allow guards to watch the inmates of the institution without those inmates knowing when or where thy were being observed.

In this play about family dynamics and government, we explore the idea that more laws do not mean more security and uncompromising points of view lead to a climate of violence and abuse. In our attempt to create a safer environment by reacting out of fear we are constructing a nationwide panopticon as we sacrifice our privacies and freedom of expression