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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2015 08:17 pm
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This is a play that presents events that preceded the crisis and what happened during and after the crisis and how it changed participants values. This play is narrated by Adam Smith and Karl Marx. Please advise how to stage it. Thanks.

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You'll need to give us more than that, Gene. Post 10 minutes of it to get responses. Also, it is customary to hang with us awhile, comment on the work of others. How to stage a play none of us know anything about might be a bit problematic, don't you think?

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Edd, I believe you are right. Thanks for your advise.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 6th, 2015 07:02 am
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Yes, edd is more than right.

I wrote a play about this that has won five national awards over the years, and a very large monetary Full Fellowship in playwriting.

It has had numerous readings around the country, that have gone over extremely well as far as underlying message and tone. Very, very entertaining. It is not in any way a "Lecture." Colorful characters, great use of language and History.

It still has never been produced because more than several Literary Managers at theatres have told me that, though they LOVE the play, they "do not want to offend some of their major donors."

I then have asked, "What would offend major donors if they made their money honestly?"

The standard reply is, "Well…you see….that is the problem."

And my play has nothing to do with Capitialism in the classical Adam Smith definition. Trust me: again, Capitalism has just done fine by me!!!! The play has to do with the historical twisted, Political Corruption of Capitalism.

So, the theatres know from whom they are accepting money. That is just the Way of the World.

Again, LEGAL Capitalism has just done fine by me! The play has to do with embedded CORRUPTION of CORPORATE and POLITICAL CORRUPTION of Capitalism.

Continue to pursue your goal. You may just fined an audience.

And remember: there are a helluva lot of people besides Adam Smith and Karl Marx you can bring into your mix.


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IMR

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Thank you in media res,

I am not knocking capitalism in my play. I lived in socialism (former USSR) and I know better. However, I would like to show what took place before and during the recession, but to show it in an entertaining way. At least, I have been entertained writing it :)

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Gene,

There is a LOT to knock about any system of government and economy. But it is people who run the economy. There is the rub!

Again, look at edd's comment. You have written a very nebulous post for us to comment on.

Is the play completed or just an idea?

I don't know enough about your piece to give you much specific advice. But, here is a thought: You could have an informal debate between Marx and Smith.

Or call it "A Night of Serious Drinking with Adam Smith and Karl Marx." Then you do not have to actually use their exact words. It gives you some creative leeway. Put them in a bar Somewhere in Time. Let them get a bit tipsy and shitfaced! I see possibilities in that!

It would be far more interesting of a debate than our Presidential debates!

Wish I were capable of writing it myself!

Good luck with it.

You have a neat idea.

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IMR

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Gene,

On your play:

In my other replies i kept thinking and thinking but could not grab the name of what my mind was groping for. I hope it helps you.

Then I had a EUREKA MOMENT!

THIS is what I was thinking about when I mentioned a “Night of Drinking.” I could not remember the name of the brilliant Series of Television Interviews in a fictional round table discussion with famous dead historical figures. The characters discussed a topic related to all of them, seated at a round table, being interviewed with the great Showman/Interviewer/Musician, Renaissance Man, Steve Allen from the late 1970’s. Steve Allen could do – and did – everything. The stuff you have seen on Letterman was directly influenced – with Letterman twist of course – by Steve Allen. Well, everyone was influenced by Steve Allen. But Allen was a true Renaissance Man.

The Series was called “Meeting of Minds.” On PBS, of course. They were all brilliant. And I have not seen them since. The editing for its time is beautifully “telling,” with reactions shots of the characters. In simple edits then, more is told than in the way editing is done on actors now. Now it is 50 edits in the blink of an eye! The directors and editors caught these actors beautifully, and one can tell they respected the actors' work. They let them talk. And react. With no stunty editing.

But PBS, with all its technology and British Imports is not doing this kind of wonderful, original programming anymore.

This brief snippet below of “Meeting of Minds” with Daniel O’Connell, Oliver Cromwell and Catherine the Great, with Steve Allen “hosting,” in his contemporary dress, is – sadly -the only one I could find on youtube. Link below.

The actors on all the shows were incredible. Too bad the tapes are so grainy.

If you have interest and find more, please let me know!

I read somewhere that the rights are tied up by someone or somewhere or in problems with Mr. Allen’s Estate. Too bad, because we all miss out.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNqkzDHkATY

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1478639/


Anyway, best wishes for what sounds like an interesting evening.


IMR

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 Posted: Wed Jul 15th, 2015 07:26 am
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Hi IMR,

I am really looking forward to watching these shows.

I have been thinking of another venue for my play too. Possibly, a cartoon. This would be an excellent media to depict the characters that resemble TV anchors and financial gurus. Making a cartoon in this country is prohibitively expensive. I have been thinking to either learn how to do it myself in a very simple manner or, possibly, to contract a foreign source. Just something to ponder.
Thanks for your help and information.

Eugene

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