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pan·op·ti·con(noun): a building, as a prison, hospital, library, or the like, so arranged that all parts of the interior are visible from a single point.
The Panopticon is a term coined in the late eighteenth century by English social theorist Jeremy Bentham. The design concept was to allow guards to watch the inmates of the institution without those inmates knowing when or where they were being observed.
Bentham conceived the basic plan as being equally applicable to hospitals, schools, poorhouses, daycares, and asylums, but it is his design for a prison, which is most widely associated with the term. Bentham himself described the Panopticon as “a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind.”
Welcome to the Panopticon. 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.
"A brilliant riveting performance - totally engrossing with surprises thrown at you all along the way. A wow factor of 9!" - Beki Pineda, GetBoulder.com, April 18, 2013