Because everyone’s obviously feeling inundated and overwhelmed with all of the political commentary consuming the Internet, I decided this week to give everyone a break, and write something quick and simple about love and romance for Five By Five Hundred instead.
Just kidding. It’s a metaphor, fool.
Instead of the usual political opinions, I tried instead to write a piece that explores politics without being overtly political. Although my editors at Tor were initially hesitant of the controversy, they were ultimately pretty pleased with the product! And so, my latest article at Tor Dot Com explores the centrist politics of Brian K. Vaughan’s Superhero-Turned-Mayor-Of-New-York-City epic Ex Machina, which actually takes an impressively (if ultimately depressing) nonpartisan view at the ups and downs of American politics, only with lots more punching and invaders from alternate realities (obvi).
Now Or Later officially opened this past Wednesday, and we couldn’t be happier with the results! Okay, well, I guess we could a little bit, but overall, the reaction has been pretty fantastic for this “heady and provocative” 75-minute political thriller. So here’s a little somethin’ I put together to show off the overwhelmingly positive audience reaction, along with some footage from the production itself:
…so here’s a new video I made about our current production at the Huntington, a prescient new play called Now Or Later that’s set on Election Night. While the last piece focused on the First Family drama at the heart of the play, this one explores the eerily relevant politics of the play (which was actually written 5 years ago, but feels like it was written right now. RIGHT NOW). Check it out:
Here’s my first short documentary about the American premiere of Christopher Shinn’s edgy political drama Now Or Later at the Huntington. This video focuses on the personal family relationships at the heart of the play, which is full of eerily prescient political issues, considering it was written 4 years ago.
The show runs October 12 – November 10 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA in Boston, and features my good friend (and fellow Emerson alum!) Grant MacDermott in the lead role. You should probably check this one it now or later (now being before Election Day, obviously).
Here’s my first video featurette on the Huntington’s upcoming American premiere of Now Or Later, an edgy political thriller by Christopher Shinn that’s set on election night, in which some inappropriate Facebook party photos of the soon-to-be-President’s son get leaked to the public. The show runs October 12 – November 10 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, and features my good friend Grant MacDermott as John, Jr.
Here’s Artistic Director Peter DuBois discussing the play. (More to come, obvi)
Judging by Facebook feed, we are now officially in the throes of Election Season. Which is kind of like mating season for most animals, but with more blood, and more assholes. And so to lighten to the mood (read: FURTHER contribute to the orgy of political posts that are currently consuming all of your various news outlets and social feeds), I’ve compiled a list for Tor Dot Com of my preferred third party options in the 2012 Presidential Election. This whole two-party system is whack, anyway; when do I get to vote for the Jedi Council?
BONUS: This is the single greatest speech ever written in cinematic history. Oh man.
While I’ve mostly avoided political discourse on this website (at the pub after a few beers, now that’s a different story), I was recently reminded me of the existence of this song, and was struck by how relevant and poignant it was (read: people in the 99% need to stop posting things on Facebook bitching about the 99%, because every complaint I’ve seen coming from a member of the 99% betrays a clear misunderstanding of the entire movement, and is completely counterproductive. Seriously, we’re all in this together, and if you don’t want to actively support the movement, then fine, but don’t make fun of your own problems on a public forum because you’re only hurting yourself. There, I said it).
Anyway, here’s a song, originally written by Phil Ochs, later adapted by Kevin Devine (and further updated, however slightly by myself). Lyrics after the break; enjoy!
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