Election year, multimedia play in threes: three story-lines, three parts, three acts, three places: New York, California, New Orleans Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 9, 2012.
About this project
HELP SUPPORT A WORLD PREMIERE OF AN ORIGINAL PLAY -- RIGHT "CHERE" IN NEW ORLINS, BABY!!! YEAH YOU RIGHT!!!
ZEITGEIST CHRONICLES is a multi-media play in three, three-act-parts with three interwoven story-lines. It begins December of 2007 and ends on election night 2008 with a video of Barack Obama's election night speech: "...change has come to America." The plot revolves around three stories that take place in New York, California and New Orleans involving young people -- 25 year old Mormon wannabe comic from New York, 30 year-old Progressive reporter and strong Hillary Clinton supporter from Alabama currently working and residing in Los Angeles, and 28 year old African-American radio personality from New Orleans and hardcore Barack Obama supporter -- and the older mentors and family members in their lives. An election year play and family "dramedy".
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Yes... to entertain the hell out of you!!!
Hmmm... does she enjoy laughter, joy, happiness and quality entertainment? Bet ya grandma will LOVE a character in the play named DOROTHY DORCHESTER. "Who is Dorothy Dorchester?" you ask. SUPPORT THIS PLAY AND FIND OUT!!!
Good question -- glad you asked. (You're welcome!) The playwright moved to New Orleans in 2010 with the goal in mind of staging this play in a theater somewhere in the city just in time for the 2012 election season. Aside from New Orleans being one of the most AWESOME and AMAZING cities in the World, it is also experiencing a renaissance of creativity (as cliche as that may sound... it's true -- true dat!). Aside from being an avid Saints fan and lover of the music, food, culture and French Quarter (or Vieux Carre) where he resides, the playwright felt it important to give back to the city that has given so much joy and hope to him personally. Which is why part of the goal of mounting ZEITGEIST CHRONICLES in New Orleans is to attach the play to a charitable organization in New Orleans. The production team would very much like to speak with those members of the community that are involved in a charitable organization as well as heavily entrenched in the Arts and Entertainment field. A housing development project, a community outreach project, an arts education project (as arts education is extremely important to the playwright having graduated from a performing arts high school)... these are the types of organizations we would like to team up with and contribute to through the staging of this uniquely New Orleans flavored production.
ZEITGEIST: Spirit of the Age/Time.
ZEITGEIST MOVEMENT... a particular mindset associated with an online film: ZEITGEIST: THE MOVIE. A subplot of the play has to do with one particular character's "obsession" with the Zeitgeist Movement and Movie and how it weaves its way through the narrative of the play. It's not a critique of the Movie or the Movement, per say, but a generational theme -- in the same way that "Hair" used the "Dawning of the Age of Aquarius" or "Angels In America" focused on the Aids epidemic, and Ronald Reagan. And yes, there is a Mormon character in the play... but the similarity between both the infamous Tony Kushner play and the musical now delighting audiences on Broadway from the "South Park" guys -- is strictly coincidental. Mormons are just way cool and en vogue these days, apparently.
Oh and "Chronicle"... is to... chronicle something... so.... that's what's goin' on here! Put those two together and it's like... peanut butter and chocolate -- its just crazy delicious!
No... unless you consider that politics is woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. It's more like: this is your heart, your drive, your passion, your relationship with your family -- and this is the watershed election of 2008 in America... and this is how it affected the lives of three distinctly American "young adults" and their mentors.
But just for the sake of argument... every political persuasion is represented and there is a character to support each of the major players in that race (Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Ron Paul and, yes, Barack Obama) and no one candidate is considered the "right" or "wrong" choice overall -- it just depends on the point of view of each particular character in the play.
No. It's a pro-Democracy play. It's about voices and ideas expressed through the medium of "slightly alternative" theater -- but it's mainstream enough to attract audiences of all different ages, political stripes, races, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds and genders -- it's an "American" play... and it's got a little bit of that multimedia stuff for eye candy.
Glad you asked that! The playwright had a life changing experience in high school when he discovered the work of actor/playwright Eric Bogosian. That love for the work of Mr. Bogosian led him to perform in a San Francisco premiere of Eric Bogosian's "subUrbia" when he was in his 20s, and then to focus solely on writing "stuff" to be performed (whether on stage or on film/video). That also led him to follow the works of brilliant writers/artists such as Stephen Adly Guirgis of the famed LAByrinth Theater Company in New York where Mr. Bogosian is a company member. But his earliest influences resided in the world of improvisational acting, specifically in the vein of the Second City in Chicago where he learned most of what he needed to know about ensemble acting and writing for the stage when he was a student at that famed institution in his teens. That began a lifelong appreciation for the art of improvisation acting as well as standup comedy; highly influenced by the social commentary of: Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks and later Lewis Black, Louie C.K., Greg Proops and Marc Maron. This is why one of the characters in the play is a wannabe standup comic and why the playwright asked the brilliant New York based stand-up comic Ophira Eisenberg to contribute stand up material to the piece (that she graciously agreed to... thank you Ophira!). A great deal of the news an entire generation gathered during the 2008 election was not necessarily from traditional news sources, but from standup comics and comedy themed shows, such as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", "The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert" and "Real Time with Bill Maher" as well as sketches on Saturday Night Live (SNL -- example: Sarah Palin never said: "I can see Russia from my house." But after Tina Fey said it on SNL, it now seems as if she did).
This is a play written by a White dude (Italian-American born in New York and raised, among many places, in Jersey -- to be specific) with more African-American characters than Anglo-American characters... and three "elderly" Americans as well. When was the last time you saw a large ensemble cast in which the African-American characters out-numbered the White characters? When was the last time you saw a play on Broadway by a prominent American playwright (let's face it, predominantly White and Male) that wasn't overtly "Liberal" and specifically targeted at a White "New York" audience? It doesn't just have something to say about race in America... it has something to say about EVERYBODY in America!
Yes and no... depending on where in the prism you fall in that "spiritual" rainbow. It challenges conventional religious ideology, while also, in a weird way, embracing it. Questioning faith is a theme explored in this piece. But since theater sometimes works as a vehicle to make one think as well as feel, this play may make you either reevaluate your "religious" views, or embrace them. Either way, it's just as important to the overall theme of the play as is: politics, race and gender issues and the relationships of the characters to one another.
Yes... vote early and vote often!!!
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