If you remember the 1960s (some of us don’t, after all), you’ll remember Abbie Hoffman, a leader in counterculture thought — and with its world-premiere ‘Steal Heaven,’ San Diego Repertory Theatre has not only drawn a good bead on Hoffman but the importance of dissension’s very place in the American experience.

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I’ve been at the Hilton, sitting in on a variety of plenary and breakout groups, and struggling with how to make the conference relevant to readers who are interested in theatre but who are not theatre professionals. The question that kept coming up for me was, “Why should you care?”

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