Just posted the video of my performance on March 18 as part of the Occupy the Empty Space event at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village. The play, How to stop the Empire while keeping your Day Job, has had some 9,000 views on Youtube as I write this. I’ve performed it ten times since March, and i will be performing at the Yippie Museum Cafe on June 29 at 7:30 PM.
The play’s genesis was not especially straightforward. In 2004 I was appalled that neither presidential candidate was willing to admit that the Iraq war was a clusterf*ck that we needed to leave quickly. John Kerry’s best promise was that he’d fight it ‘better’, whatever that means. As someone who remembers the Winter Soldier movement, I was pretty certain that Kerry knew better but was being advised by the DLC clowns to go easy on criticism of this war. I looked over the portfolio of my writing, and nothing seemed to address the issue. So I put together a short monologue called How to Fight the Revolution while keeping your day job. It was far more focused on war spending and the politics of that time. I performed it a few times in 2005 and 2006, but no one seemed interested in it. The title especially seemed to put people off.
I started reconsidering the play after the Occupy movement started taking over Zuccotti Park.There was new energy in the air, and the idea that the US was an empire was no longer anathema to people. I did a serious rewrite in October of 2011 and I performed the current version of the play for the first time at an Occupy Brooklyn protest. The stories in the play are largely true, but they didn’t all happen to me (as of today I have not done federal time).
So now you know.
I tour this play. If you want me to come someplace and yell at you for 35 minutes, you can contact me.