Edward Snowden, NSA Whistleblower, meets Mario Savio of the historic Free Speech Movement (UC Berkeley, California 1964), in PLANET SNOWVIO; A Benefit Staged Reading of an experimental musical by Jay Critchley; Obama and Putin appear; at Provincetown Theater Saturday, August 23, 2014, 7:30pm.
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“Did Mark Twain have it right? ‘History doesn’t repeat itself – but it rhymes.’ Where is the dissonance?” - Jay Critchley
Multi-media artist Jay Critchley will present a staged reading of his new experimental musical, PLANET SNOWVIO, on Saturday, August 23 at the Provincetown Theater at 7:30, a benefit for the Provincetown Theater (http://provincetowntheater.org).
The one-act play is based on the meeting of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Mario Savio, leader of the Free Speech Movement (FSM), which transformed political and anti-war protests nation-wide and beyond. On their journey to PLANET SNOWVIO they encounter Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama. This political satire is sprinkled with humorous interpretations of classic pop songs.
PLANET SNOWVIO was first presented at the University of California Art Museum in Berkeley, California last April to rave reviews and a feature in the San Francisco Chronicle (www.jaycritchley.com).
Following the Civil Rights’ Freedom Summer in Mississippi, the FSM helped propel the country out of the restrictive Cold War culture and sparked national and international campus activism and anti-Vietnam War protests.
“Recalling the significance of 1964, I read the biography of Mario Savio while closely following the dramatic revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden. This inspired the creation of PLANET SNOWVIO – where these two historic, radical and patriotic figures meet!” Critchley states.
The cast includes: Mario Savio: Gabrielle Calixte, NYC actor, playing Mrs. Jefferson, “Seasons” soloist and Bag lady in RENT; Edward Snowden: Solomon Peck, NYC actor, now playing Tom Collins in RENT; President Vladimir Putin: Bragan Thomas, Provincetown playwright and actor; President Barack Obama: Kevin Doherty, Provincetown actor; Musical Director: John Thomas.