Guest Blog: Daena Schweiger on The Producers
Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance – Mel Brooks
An Opinion of Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods
By Camille Metoyer Moten and Lanette Metoyer Moore
City of Angels: A Sexy, Film Noir-Style Story
When Hollywood calls to offer New York novelist Stine the opportunity to adapt his books into a film for the big screen, he packs up and moves to the home of sunsets, palm trees and stars. The story switches between the world of Hollywood and Stine’s in-progress script. While Stine’s movie plays out in black and white, Stine finds the enticements of Los Angeles—women, nightlife and the artistic negotiations to his script—a little much. City of Angels is a combination of classic film noir, drama and comedy all rolled into one musical experience.
City Shadows and Cigarettes
City of Angels embraces the popular style of film noir in the story that Stine writes, but what exactly is film noir? French for “film of the night” or “dark film,” the cinematic term is used to identify stylish Hollywood crime dramas, a main aspect found in City of Angels. These films usually focus on cynical attitudes, the shadows of urban city life, sexual motivations and, last but not least, smoking cigarettes. Other popular themes found in film noir can include:
•Scenes appear dark, as if lit for night, with many dark shadows
•Trench coats, fedoras, and a classy style
Two Worlds in one Story
Not only does City of Angels create a classic film noir style set in the late 1940s, it also focuses on two different worlds: Stine’s reality behind the typewriter and his creation shown in black and white. Two stories play out on the stage, one fiction and one real, while the whole story is enhanced with glamourous 1940s jazz music that perfectly fits the overall ambiance of the show. Its gritty, sometimes cynical characters and the thin line between fiction and reality are combined with moments of comedy that really make City of Angels a unique performance.
Article by: TJ Moore (OCP Marketing Intern)
CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
Rolling with Change
Caroline Thibodeaux is an African American maid for a white Jewish family, the Gellmans, spending her days in their basement doing the laundry for a small sum of $30 a week. The Gellmans' son, Noah, has a strong bond with Caroline who consoles him in the death of his mother.
Noah's new stepmother Rose, unable to give Caroline a raise, decides to teach Noah a lesson in the value of money. Noah has a habit of leaving change his pants pocket. Rose tells Noah and Caroline that Caroline should keep the money that Noah leaves in his pockets. Caroline is not fond of the idea but lacks money for her own children.
The lesson goes amiss when the ownership of a $20 bill is contested after it is found in the laundry, and Caroline's relationship with eight-year-old Noah is irreversibly shattered.
Change is not only prevalent in the form of money in Caroline’s life but in the sweep of historical change worldwide. Not only is the play set on November 23rd 1963, the day after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but also many other historic events take place around this era in the middle of the civil rights movement.
• 1960, New Orleans, Louisiana
The federal government enforces school integration, and a majority of white students boycott the rest of the term.
• 1961, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Police disperse 1,500 civil rights protestors with attack dogs and tear gas.
• 1963, Washington, DC
Over 250,000 people join together at the Lincoln Memorial, making the March on Washington the largest protest in U.S. history. Martin Luther King, Jr. announces, “I Have a Dream.”
• 1963, United States
According to the Justice Department, in the 10 weeks before King's "I Have a Dream" speech, there were 758 demonstrations in 186 cities resulting in 14,733 arrests.
• 1963 is considered the defining year in the civil rights movement.
• March 17, 1965 Selma-Montgomery Alabama
Some 2,000 people, including both black and Jewish
protesters, set out from Selma on March 21, protected by U.S. Army troops and Alabama National Guard that President Johnson had ordered. After walking nearly 12 hours a day and sleeping in fields along the way, they arrived in Montgomery on March 25, where nearly 50,000 civil rights supporters were waiting.
Caroline, or Change depicts the gripping feel of the civil rights movement through the eyes of a maid attempting to deal with the events unfolding around her, both in her personal life as well as in the world around her.
Article by: TJ Moore (OCP Marketing Intern)
Tim Schmad's Story
Wins, Losses and What He Wore
“Being a devoted Nebraska Cornhusker football fan, I, like many others, have enjoyed the five national championship teams. After the Huskers’ first championship in 1970, I purchased a “National Championship” T-Shirt. I was wearing it in 1971 when we won the title again. Then, the Huskers had a drought and did not capture a third title until 1994. Again, my trusty T-shirt from 1971 came out of the drawer to assist the team on to victory—finally—over Miami.
But, the 1995 championship was special. We absolutely clobbered Florida, 62–24. I can still see Tommie Frazier running over defender after defender (seven in all) to score on a 75-yard run. I thought I had seen it all. So, my friends and I thought that we would pay homage to this great season. My 1971 T-Shirt came off and was thrown into the fireplace! I still have the ashes in a jar on my office shelf.
Nebraska went on to win another championship in the 1998 Orange Bowl against Tennessee and Peyton Manning. We clobbered them! I believe the jar of ashes that we displayed by the TV had a lot to do with that victory.
You ask why the ashes have not had any magic in recent years? Well, I don’t know. But, Love, Loss and What I Wore sure brought back these memories.”