Monthly Archives: April 2018
Maryssa Wanless performed the one-woman play “Natural Shocks” on Monday night at PianoFIght in San Francisco. Produced by Utopia Theatre Project, Wanless’ performance was part of a nationwide participation of theatre activism to end gun violence. Written by Lauren Gunderson, one of today’s most prolific and successful screenwriters, “Natural Shocks” is based upon Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and that famous question of “to be or not to be.”
Gunderson was so shocked by the recent outburst of gun violence at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that it brought to mind the gun violence almost 20 years ago at Columbine High in Littleton, Colorado. She dedicated “Natural Shocks” play to be used as vehicle to help put an end to gun violence. All royalties and fees have been waived so that any theatre group or community who wanted to put on the 65-minute monologue could do so for free.
Making this as an opportunity for Utopia Theatre Project to not only raise funds for EveryTown for Gun Safety, a non-profit working to end gun violence, but also as a way for people to discuss this pressing issue.
The mood on Monday night at PianoFight was intense as the audience hung on every word that Wanlass powerfully delivered. Despite the play’s serious subject matter, humor at times prevailed.
Since Gunderson’s release of her play, performances and staged readings of “Natural Shocks” have been performed in many places all over the nation. Gunderson’s aim was to have it performed in all 50 states.
Wanless is the Artistic Director of Utopia Theatre Project and she has this to say, “I believe theatre is transformative because it has transformed me and the people I work with on a daily basis. Theatre asks its audiences and participants to extend their thinking beyond themselves and step into the experience of another person.”
After Wanlass was finished her thought-provoking performance there was a “Q & A” with the audience in which also included Director, Laura Jane Bailey.
While the venue at PianoFight only holds 50 people, the ability for important subjects and issues to be presented in an intimate theatrical space makes an impact.
Utopia Theatre Project was founded in 2014 by emerging Japanese-American playwright, Anne Yumi Kobori because she believes in artist-produced live theatre as a unique and powerful form of human connection using the theatrical art form to invoke social change through the telling of non-traditional stories.
Natural Shocks at San Francisco’s PianoFight – Monday, April 23, 2018
National Campaign To End Gun Violence
Reported by Tony
Photography by Tasi Alabastro
“Natural Shocks” is the fourth production (“Seeds” was the third) in Utopia’s inaugural season and is certainly a unique theatrical experience. Yet, even more so is the fact that this was history in the making using theater as a form of social activism.
For more information about “Natural Shocks” at Utopia Theatre Project visit: UtopiaTheatreProject.com and for more about the project, “Natural Shocks” visit: https://www.naturalshocks.org
The San Dailey Sun-Chronicles
“All the Good News” “News You Can Use” “No Rumors, No Fakes – Just the Facts, Jack!”
“Newspapers are worth the price you pay; if free, they are worth nothing”
Volume VII, Issue 6 Friday, April 20, 2018 ***** Edition Only One [$1] Buck
In the North American Wild West . . .
Studio City, California
Dancing With the Stars announced their starting lineup to the next season, which features UCLA graduate Lew Alcindor and his shorter gal dancer. 2018 Olympian ice skaters are not paired together but with more skilled dancers. No word from ABC-TV whether they will make Kareem dance on ice, too.
San Mateo, California
A made man of the Russian Mafia was issued a 3-day eviction notice. No action to date from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Diocese of Reno who will be sent to be the Exorcist
A. E. Neuman
Meanwhile Back in Nation’s Capital . . .
The POTUS was seen in Key West Thursday afternoon after he deported the Japanese President on Wednesday. The Key West Golf Club failed to return our phone calls.
Georgetown Neighborhood, D.C.
Father Karras could not be located. The “Exorcist stairs” are concrete stairs located in Georgetown at the corner of Prospect St NW and 36th St NW, leading down to M Street NW. The stairs were padded with 1/2″-thick rubber to film the death of the character Father Karras. Maybe Father is still alive?!?
Within the Heartland of the Continent . . .
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~ for musement only ~
Pompano (fish) Available Wild in the (formerly) Great State of Indiana and Along Florida’s Atlantic Coast
The lyrics of Cold Play’s song are really cool:
I wish I could write like this or even half as good as King David. Take Psalm 146 . . . what does it mean in 2018? I suppose it is relevant
in our realities.
Provide assistance for funeral, Irish wake, cemetery headstone, and burial services.
In March 2013, D. A. D. took a vow of poverty, liquidating his 401K, ended up losing out to ‘storage war’, and failed to maintain life insurance payment. Although not in-debt, he has been afraid to be a burden to his family.
May God bless us and the U.S.!
When someone states, “Don’t get in my face . . . and stay out of my ‘business'”
What do you do?
Written from 1561 Shoreview, San Mateo . . .
. . . and then they get in your face.
What’cha gonna’ do?
Just a Thought: A Reflection on Republican History – Avoiding a Constitutional Crisis, Preserving the Republic, and Fostering World Peace
Could the Republican Party do the U.S. and the world a favor?
May we take a lesson from history?
It was done during the 1970’s.
In the name of the party of Abraham Lincoln and by the grace of God, can it happen again?
(1) The Speaker of the House of Representatives changed prior to the mid-term election of 1974, with a presidential election looming in 1976.
(2) The dishonorable Vice President (Spiro Agnew / like Mike Pence) was replaced.
(3) The sitting President (RMN) resigned with some dignity and many accomplishments.
(4) The Vice President (Gerald Ford) seamlessly assumed the Presidency.
(5) A respectable Vice President (former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller) was selected.
(6) The U. S. House of Representatives democratically elected a new Speaker of the House (who follows the VP as next in-line to succeed the President of the United States of America (POTUS)).
Given the Trade War, military conflicts, resignation of today’s Speaker, and recent alliance of Russia – China – Syria, perhaps Americans should pursue the best options.
So help US God.
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