Well, it’s been over a year since I started this blog, and over a year since I started neglecting it. The Occupy Movement is a 2011 touchstone, but now a thing of the passed. The passed over, as it will be unremembered. Living in Oakland at the time of Occupy was tumultuously challenging and interesting. I am now back in less-occupied Cincinnati, OH. Rereading these pieces I am struck with how unedited they are. For better or for worse, these are first draft pieces that I mostly wrote by hand while riding on a bus through the Easy Bay. While sitting in the Occupy Oakland camp. While riding Bart to and from San Francisco. They are expressions of a moment. I think often upon the ramifications of our actions, as individuals and as a country. Where do we go from here?
If you happen to be in the UK next month, check out THE OCCUPIED TIMES – A Living Newspaper About the Occupy Movement. This news comes to me from German Munoz, a London playwright who contacted me on Twitter.
The Occupied Times – A Living Newspaper
“After spending a month researching and visiting the Occupy sites in London, emerging playwrights will present a night of short plays in the format of a living newspaper. They will act as reporters and cast a critical eye on the Occupy movement, its supporters and detractors, all under the Arcola Tent.
“Living newspaper” is a theatrical form that originated in Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution, it was used to present information on current events to audiences.
This project was inspired by “It’s not in the P-I: A living newspaper about a dying newspaper” presented in Seattle, USA in 2009 as a response to the closing of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper by Newswrights United and playwright Paul Mullin.”
Sunday, 19 Feb 2012
3:00pm & 7:00pm
Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions)
2-8 Ashwin Street
London, E8 3D
Resistance! by Gabriel Leif Bellman, directed by Eileen Tull, featuring Charles Lewis III, Kirsten Broadbear, and Nick Trengrove.
Occupy Theater Pub by SF Theater Pub – January 2012
Also performed at SF Theater Pub: Boy in Blue with the same director and cast.
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and all things Occupy, San Francisco Theatre Pub is hosting a “Sit-in” for their January program.
Almost a dozen short plays and performance pieces will be presented by the ensemble, each presenting a unique view on the Occupy Movement.
8PM at Cafe Royale in SF
CLICK HERE for more information!
24 hours of performances in Times Square.
Keep an eye out for A LOVE POEM TO THE 1% on Saturday at 3PM (location to be disclosed on Friday)
If you happen to be in the area, send pictures or video of the Occupy Broadway events!
Occupying Theatre in California –
Tuesday, November 22
4 pm, discussion at 4:30.
Sproul steps, UC Berkeley
The Water Underground invites you to attend our wild one-act comedy The Gold Fish, or, Straight Flushes for the Manifestly Destined at the Open University at UC Berkeley.
The Gold Fish is a one-act salmon slapstick opera in which a poor wayfaring Salmon has to pawn her eggs to gamble for river passage, a Nymph casino dealer confronts its water-wars PTSD, the Army Chorus of Engineers gets lost, the Water Tycoon’s dirty dealing ends in cataclysmic wash-out, and the Dispossessed Riparian Choir arises.
A discussion on the history, politics, and ramifications of California’s waterworks and how people’s movements are reimagining water supply will follow the performance.
*Occupying theatre elsewhere? Send your show info and we’ll post it up!*