20 November 2005

Don't Come to My House, redux

So the Trib corrected PART of the problem of yesterday - the Show at My House part... they still insisted on REannouncing a matinee for today, though...

So. I will be writing an LTE clarifying the whole thing. I will be also pushing them to do a HUGE publicity wave for "The Tempest" to make up for how well this round went.

Fun Fun!


Anonymous said...

Hey Doty~
Ok, this isn't a comment about your post. i'm sorry. i know it must be devastating. i need some help on my junior paper, actually. I was going to do the influence of politics on Broadway as a topic, and not really sure what I'm proving in my thesis yet. If I do the political influence on (stage) theatre, it would be much easier to research, but is that too broad of a topic? Ah, help! :) I'd use an advice you can spare.
oh...post here or email me at actingirly43@aol.com

John said...

Political and social pressure on theater would be probably easier to get some traction on than specifying "Broadway". Social mores, taboo topics, etc... can shift with time and region and clearly have impact on what is authored, produced, successful...

A show like Sam Shepperd's Curse of the Starving Class is not going to get as wide a production as Death of a Salesman (similar several thematic ways) because Curse has several moments that push boundaries - on-stage unrination, for example - that Salesman does not. Some communities won't tolerate a production. Recent shows that are big hits but touch on delicate topics (Rent, Torch Song Trilogy, "V" Monologues) def hit some community stanards concerns (note I used "V" instead of the full word, for that exact reason)

Theater has LONG been a way to speak out on political matters and politics has influenced what goes up. From Aristophanes in ancient Greece to Arthur Miller today, commentary/criticism of current events has been the focus of many a script, using analog and metaphor, or using being more blunt and direct. Lysistrada, The Crucible, the new version of Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek episodes like "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield", "Measure of a Man", "Up the Long Ladder", and "Cogenitor" have served to pose questions directly relevent to modern politcal and social discourse (war, persecution, race relations, role of religion in politics, what defines "life", right of self-determination, etc...)

Miller's look at the Salem Witch Trials was written precisely during the time now documented in the new film "Good Night and Good Luck" - try looking at both withina day or so of one another. See if you can find A&E's biography on Joe McCarthy or watch the biopic of Roy Cohn, for more on that era.

Much recent political commentary via drama has been in film - the original feature film M*A*S*H during set Korea, but veiled comments on the VietNam war. Jarhead, out now about the first Gulf War. Some folks even looked to the performance of Sam Rockwell in Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy as a comment on GW Bush. (Sam says it was based more on Clinton).

Going back a long way, the circumstances of politics in England influenced how works like Henry V and Macbeth were written and how they were received.

There is good ground to explore on the general topic, and with some digging, I expect you can find a supportable and intriguing thesis.

Ashlee said...

mr. doty i cant remeber but when is the auditions for the tempest?

John said...

auditions ARE Jan 3 & 4