19 Jun 2022

Judene Edgar's play about the Dr Seuss controversy

From Standing Room Only, 1:31 pm on 19 June 2022

When six books by Dr Seuss were withdrawn from publication last year over their content, Nelson playwright and Seuss fan Judene Edgar started wondering how the writer would feel about it, were he still alive.

Those musings have turned into a play - called Horton Hatches a Controversy - that's about to premiere as part of the city's Fringe Festival. 

Judene believes Seuss would agree with the decision made to stop publication of some of his books because of racist and insensitive imagery.

She talks with Lynn Freeman about the play, and about the life of Theodore Geisel, before he started writing children's books as Dr Seuss

 Horton Hatches A Controversy premieres on the 23rd of June at Red Door Theatre as part of Nelson Fringe Festival.