If you're planning on seeing today's DAVID CARL'S CELEBRITY ONE MAN HAMLETat Kitchen Dog Theater (and if you're not you should be) be warned:
Now showing at Dallas' Fair Park at the Margo Jones Theater / Magnolia Lounge. 2:15 and 7:45. (I'll be at the 2:15 show and so will the Dallas Mayor - come join us!) Because of this last minute Fire Marshall induced move of venue, Kitchen Dog is offering half price tickets... Call 214-953-1055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up at the door and say you were sent by company member Clare DeVries.
Isn't that gorgeous? Just makes you want to buy a ticket to far star-strewn places doesn't it? Between NASA's poster campaign and the new Star Wars films space is suddenly cool again... maybe we'll get that Mars Colony in my life time. And now that I've set up an inevitable and not-in-my-favor comparison, let me show you some more of the protest postcards I've been designing lately. (Protest? Why ever?)
A handy be-kind-not-cruel card to send to legislators about immigration issues.
A health-care issues postcard. And, for ticked-off women who, whatever your politics, are annoyed by powerful men Not Listening...
In my head the Statue of Liberty is starting to live quite a heroic superhero adventure. The perfect avitar for this moment in American history. Please, if you're writing to your congressional representative or senator and you like a postcard design, feel free to print 'em and use 'em. Pass 'em on! (Print on card stock at 4 1/4" x 6" or stuff, any sized, in an envelope.) Oh, and don't forget the artsy one - the arts need all the help they can get:
From a behind-the-curtain artist's view, all these designs are collages done with computer image / photo editing software (rather than scissors and glue) from public domain images. Turns out, for me at least, political upset means a chance to hone my computer / art skills! Who knew? So, if our American Experiment slides into Authoritarian Tyranny, maybe I can at least get work as a Propaganda Poster Hack. Who knows?
Or they'll need artists on Mars.
And, before I lose this stickynote again, here's a gem of a topical poem I found in the NY Times written by Susan McLean:
Kitchen Dog Theater is proud to announce our new accessibility initiative: Admit:ALL - which provides 20 FREE tickets to every KDT performance this season (after opening nights) for those otherwise unable to afford them.
These tickets will be available at the box office on a first come-first serve basis. Arrive half an hour before showtime and just ask for an Admit:ALL ticket! BIG THANKS to Communities Foundation of Texas for the seed grant to get this program off the ground!
Paper Flowers - running now through March 11th.To see a full calendar of performance dates- go to kitchendogtheater.org
As an antidote to reading waaay too much current events / political coverage lately, today I'm rereading Francis Bacon's Essays. Written about 450 years ago, I figured these musings by the shrewd English philosopher and statesman would give some perspective. Yes indeedy. Turns out, people are still pretty much the same people now as then. Political forms are different - absolute monarchs being thinner on the ground today (though that could change) - but politics is still politics. Then, while still remembering this morning's headlines about the beginning of sweeping deportations, I read this ancient news-flash:
" All states that are liberal of naturalization towards strangers, are fit for empire."
Bacon goes on to talk about how the Roman empire was the most welcoming of foreigners, inviting them into full citizenship. This warm welcome and easy assimilation was the great strength and richness of their empire... the very thing that permitted their civilization to flourish and grow.
Any present day applications come to mind?
A bronze statue of an aristocratic boy - Roman - the Met CC0
The essay is "Of the True Greatness of Kingdoms and Empires." The Roman Empire lasted 500 years, will ours last the next 260 if we become "ill-liberal" towards strangers?