In Maple and Vine, the Society of Dynamic Obsolescence (SDO) is a cultural separatist group whose members have chosen to fully separate themselves from life in the new millennium and instead strive to live as “authentically” as possible in the year 1955. This is obviously a challenging endeavor for the characters and their struggle is part of the plot of the play. Their world is a blend of the practice of historical reenactment and the practices of many separatist communities.
Historical reenactment societies attempt to recreate a specific historical event, or a broader historical period, through simulating the event and daily life as accurately as possible in performance. Examples include Civil War reenactors or living history sites such as Colonial Williamsburg in Virgina.
Separatist communities advocate “a state of cultural, ethnic, tribal, religious, racial, governmental or gender separation from the larger group. While it often refers to full political secession, separatist groups may seek nothing more than greater autonomy. Some groups refer to their organizing as independence, self-determination, partition or decolonization movements instead of, or in addition to, autonomist, separatist or secession movements. While some critics may equate separatism and religious segregation, racist segregation, or sexist segregation, some separatists argue that separation by choice is not the same as government-enforced segregation and may serve useful purposes.”