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As Featured on TRUTHOUT! http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/22898-the-time-of-our-lies-howard-zinn
Also in Resident Magazine: http://resident.com/2014/02/01/the-time-of-our-lies
WE NEED ONE SMALL ACT TO GET US TO THE
THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
AUGUST 1, 2014
A Play About the Life & Times of
The piece unravels through Zinn's personal story as it brings to life the stories of other soldiers of war, examining whether there can possibly be better solutions to mankind's problems. It draws upon various Dickensian and Orwellian characters whose comments are interwoven into the narrative along with puppets, multi-media and Butoh dance. The format is loosely that of Greek Tragedy with lyrics from Howard's work for the chorus to rap as he struggles to represent the voice of the people. We follow Zinn's story as the primary narrative beginning with the bombing of a village in France during WWll and how he continued on his life's journey from there.
"A wonderfully imaginative play that uses my father's words as the unifying thread. Songs, nursery rhymes and tapped-out rhythms add a playful lightness and humanness that illuminate the horrors of war."
WHAT WE NEED:
5 ACTORS, 2 PRODUCERS, A DIRECTOR, A PLAYWRIGHT AND A STAGE MANAGER to travel Edinburgh and live there for 30 days and perform each night! We need to pay for our venue, lights, puppets, props, music, and videos to put on the play. And we need to eat. That's it!
Edinburgh is the leading theater showcase in the world and we really want to put out Howard's message to the whole world! We think we can reach our goal, but just in case we dont, we will put on the play here in the United states of America which will still be nice.
I'm a playwright who had the honor of working with Howard Zinn before he passed away. When I first met him, I said I wanted to do a play that turned entertainment into news as so much news was entertainment. He shook my hand and we were off. He saw the first draft and said:
"Bianca, of course with a play, so much depends on how it is staged before, who is performing, etc. But what you have here is both lively and substantive."
DIRECTORJosh Chambers was the Artistic Director & Resident Composer of Fovea Floods Theater from 1996 – 2008 where he created over 30 productions.
"Having directed Howard before, I share his desire to connect with our ancestry and dig deep into history."
Michael Blaha and Nigel Miles-Thomas have been taking plays to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for over 14 years. In fact they had a hit play there last year. Here they are and if you want to read more about them:
Fringe Management Site
SONG CLIP:"A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea" :30
SONG LYRICS FROM THE PLAY:
Who are you making war against?
Theater forces an audience to come face to face with issues, there is not mute button here. Howard wrote three plays himself as he realized the impact of his words. We can do this together. One small act is all it takes!
tyrant or his people?
the people of Iraq,
the people of Afghanistan,
people like us.
like you and me.
the kids in school
on every Main Street.
"The term 'just war' contains an internal contradiction. War is inherently
unjust, and the great challenge of our time is how to deal with evil, tyranny,
and oppression without killing huge numbers of people."
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"Exciting project.Very clever title! Howard would chuckle."
David Barsamian, ALTERNATIVE RADIO
Paul Alan Smith - Howard's Hollywood Agent
"Howard would sooooo appreciate this project!"
"We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children. War is terrorism, magnified a hundred times."
THE WORLD IS MADE OF SMALL ACTS.
ANY SMALL ACT WILL DO.
HOW DID GREAT MOVEMENTS START?
THE PEOPLE SAW IT THROUGH.
JOSH CHAMBERS BIO.
Josh has also produced his original plays Dollbody, Goose/Goose, Paul Pry (Saratoga Stages, Saratoga Springs, NY), Mount Weather (DC Arts Center, Washington, DC), & Bull Spears (CSV, NYC). In 1999, he co-wrote & directed A Sleep of Reason Creates Monsters with Scott Feldsher for the 1st Annual Chekhov Now Festival at Access Theater, NY. In the fall of 2002, he co-wrote & directed Not in Our Name – "An Evening of Conscience" at The Great Hall, Cooper Union in NYC, which included Edward Asner, Danny Glover, Tony Kushner, Marisa Tomei, Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, & Howard Zinn. In June 2003 & June 2004, Chambers was guest artist with LAByrinth Theater Co. at their summer intensive, where he directed workshops of Brett C. Leonard’s Guinea Pig Solo, & Alice Tuan’s Hit. At CalArts, he directed Erik Ehn’s Book of Tink, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, an original adaptation of Hamlet entitled "A Toy in Blood”, & his own adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts. In 2004, he directed the world premiere of Erik Ehn’s Medusachrist at the REDCAT theater space in LA. For Perfect Disgrace, in Boulder, CO, he directed Brian Bauman’s Elegy for a Mid-Shipman, & Porridge. In 2008, he directed & composed his own adaptation of Miss Julie at Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego, as well as the Gold Star For Robot Boy extravaganza for acclaimed rock band Guided by Voices in NYC. In 2009, he directed Big Bro / Lil’Bro by Jonathan Ceniceroz for Company of Angels at the Alexandria Hotel, & an original adaptation of Moliere’s Tartuffe for The Theatre at Boston Court, Pasadena. In Jan 2013, Chambers presented the first installment of his original play, Speed Curses, at the Collar Works Art Space in Troy, NY.
COLLAGES BY JOSH CHAMBERS