STATE OF THE UNION

crocI wrote this script back in 2006, but it feels right for today, this minute: right NOW.

We are divided more than ever before, and I don’t know how we’ll see things the same way ever again.

STATE OF THE UNION was performed in 2011 by the wonderful Three of A Kind Theater Company of North Hollywood, CA – and it may soon be performed in NYC, if all goes well.

I think you’ll find it particularly meaningful today.
 State of the Union script

10 Deadly Failings of the Media, Election 2016 Edition

In this election, Fox and Breibart and other powerful media sources actively worked to elevate Trump to the Presidency. Much of the rest of the televised and print media proved incapable of fighting this man.

Why I’m For Hillary – proudly.

This Tuesday is Primary Day for the Democratic and Republican primaries. Please remember to vote

…and if you’re a registered Democrat, I hope you’ll consider voting for Hillary Clinton.

 

imageWhy? She’s…

  • Qualified.
  • Experienced.
  • Elected 2x Senator of the huge

“Stayin’ Alive”: Learn CPR on Valentine’s Day!

   
Happy Valentine’s Day! Do something awesome for someone else

St. Christopher Play, for ex-St. Christopher’s Day (Jul 25!)

   
One of my favorite artists and writers, Tomie DePaola, posted on Facebook that July 25th (that’s today, people!) used to be the feast day of St. Christopher, who used to be the patron saint of travelers. (Short version: St. Christopher is to saints as Pluto is to planets.)

In honor of St. C, whose plastic effigy my grandfather kept on the dashboard of his old brown Dodge Dart (and who must have kept us safe when we traveled, saint or no, since my grandpa always reached his destinations safely) – I’m reposting this short play, which I was very proud of. It features a dog-faced saint, a cross-country car trip, and a love-mad, gun-toting lady astronaut straight outta the tabloids. 

The play was performed by the great actors Susan Marlowe and Kyle Felts in Los Angeles back in 2011. It’s a huge regret of mine that I never had the chance to see them perform it. But I share the text of it with you today.

Enjoy. And travel safely, wherever you’re going tonight. (But if you do have trouble on the road, I like to think that even after his sainthood was revoked, ex-St. Christopher is still on the lookout for weary wanderers.)

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Short Play 52: AFTERLIVES OF THE SAINTS 3, or: ST. CHRISTOPHER

The Story About the Iguana

This was a recently rediscovered 2008 email exchange I had with my cousins about an inadvertent and unfortunate iguanacide that was really, REALLY

11 Essential Ingredients for a (Successful!) “Star Wars” Movie

So the  new Star Wars trailer came out. I may have teared up – just a little – when I saw Han Solo and Chewie again, like a pair of old pals. (Fine, I admit it.)

 

But the trailer as a whole was super promising. There was… something there. That old feeling, somehow. Lots of other folks have broken it down shot by shot – but here’s a question: what does a Star Wars movie need to have, if it’s to be a successful Star Wars movie? (I.e., not the prequels). What has to be in the mix to make that cake a success?  Here’s my partial list, in no particular order:

  1. Broken-down, beat-up spaceships. It’s gotta be hard to travel through space, people. Besides that: the grit and the missing panels added visual interest and tactile authenticity to the vessels. The prequels looked like shiny cartoons and slick fakes. 
  2. Droids with personality, beyond R2D2 and C3P0. The original trilogy had LOTS of other droids, each with their own quirks. I loved that the world of episodes 4-5-6 had some models of droids that worked well, some that didn’t at all.  Much like versions of Windows. (4-6 were very much a PC universe. 1-3 were Apple. But fake Apple.)
  3. Weird but somehow recognizable aliens. Jabba’s palace, the Cantina Band. And while we’re at it…
  4. Puppets and masks, not just CG that will age badly. Jabba, Yoda, Admiral Akbar – all MUCH more real than (I’m going there) Jar Jar. Or CG Yoda, for that matter.
  5. Daring space escapes – leaps through hyperspace.
  6. A clear plot that thickens in its own time.  The story doesn’t have to be intricate – at least not at first. “Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi – you’re my only hope!” sets Luke off (eventually) to save the Princess. It’s only later that he finds his own entanglement with the Empire. And the wranglings of the Impreial Senate are nowhere to be seen. Ugh.
  7. Romantic tension. “I love you.” “I know.”
  8. A powerful villain with an iconic look AND some personality. Darth Vader, yes. Darth Maul: cool-looking, but a drip.
  9. Sassy quips and humor. Zero of that in the prequels. Can we just pretend they didn’t happen?
  10. Lightsaber fights. They need to be cool, and they can’t be entirely digitized. (Again: leaping swordfighting Yoda is a fail.)
  11. New environments. Hoth, Tatooine, Endor – each take us to new places with unique ecosystems and weather patterns – which placed different strains on the locals and the warring rebel / empire forces. 

Those are the things I think of. What else did I leave out? I’d love to hear from you. What would you stir into the mix?