*This article comes from the academic journal of Theatre Topics
My academic article looks at the question of ethics vs. historical truth for dramaturgs in documentary theatre, looking at a specific case. The author was presented with a dilemma while being on a dramaturgical project for a documentary theatre piece called The Exonerated, which used interviews to look at the cases of 6 people who were wrongly convicted of a crime. The production she was working on took place years after the original showing and in that time, one of the people presented in the play was pled guilty for a different crime. The dramaturg, along with the creative team, had to decide whether to bring this information into the world of the play or not, dealing with the possibility of the activist piece making less of an impact.
I have provided document below so you can read it in full. I chose this particular piece of academic writing because of its subject matter, since I am looking at documentary theatre as it evolved from the Living Newspaper, its academic but readable language, and its success in looking at the different issues that this question brought up.