O Mystical Rose of Eden, Protectress of the Rainforest, in our fear and anguish at environmental ruination and infestation of the Ebola virus, 50 years after the dropping of the atomic bombs by the Enola Gay, we beseech Thee!
We became aware of the Ebola Virus in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic Bombs by the Enola Gay (1945). The Blessed Virgin Rubber Goddess spoke to us then – and now – as we continue the destructive power of war.
Restore the precious immune system of the earth. Protect us with Thy radiant rubber mantle, that Thou might embrace and touch all creatures with renewed immunity. O Protectress of the Rainforest, console us all, our families and our lovers, with they healing grace. (Concentrate on your desires.) Amen.
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.
Who travels to the beat of a “Different Drum”?
“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. 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.
SAN FRANCISCO — Mario Savio and Edward Snowden walk into an art gallery – and sing “I Got You Babe.”
It’s more political than you might think. And not just because the Free Speech Movement icon and the NSA whistle-blower also wail Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
“Planet Snowvio,” which makes its debut in the form of a staged concert-reading Sunday at UC Berkeley Art Museum, is “a musical pop parody” by multimedia conceptual artist Jay Critchley. A longtime resident of Provincetown, Mass. – at the far tip of Cape Cod – the 67-year-old Critchley has spent half his life creating projects ranging from installations and rituals to mock corporations (such as his Old Glory Condom Corporation), on gender, environmental and other political themes, usually with a comic edge.
This is the debut staged reading of Planet Snowvio, Written + Directed by Jay Critchley, at UC Berkeley (CA) Art Museum on April 27, 2014. Edward Snowden of the NSA meets Mario Savio of the Free Speech Movement (50th anniversary) in this experimental musical/political satire.
The Cast: Erin Alford – Savio, Jesse Cortez – Snowden, Masis Parunyan – Musical Director. Other characters include Obama – Richard Kalman and Putin – Andre San-Chez.
This clip is from Scene II where Mario and Edward first meet and bond.
Mario Savio of the Free Speech Movement meets NSA whistleblower in
Edward Snowden in PLANET SNOWVIO;
Stage reading of experimental musical April 27, 2014;
at UC Berkeley Art Museum; the 50th anniversary of Free Speech Movement (1964-2014).
On the 50th anniversary of the historic Free Speech Movement, FSM (1964-2014), multi-media artist Jay Critchley will debut a stage reading of his new experimental musical, PLANET SNOWVIO. The one-act play is based on the meeting of Mario Savio, FSM, and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. 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 will debut at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA, on Sunday, April 27 at 2:00pm. The one-time-only performance is part of the exhibition, The Possible, a four-month long experimental exhibition that reconceives the museum as a site for creative convergence. There will be a public discussion following the performance. Critchley was invited by artist Raphael Noz as part of The Something, an experiment in participatory music, performance and video at the museum. Continue reading →
Thanks to all who have responded to Beige Ice and the power of creation. Some were curious about the process used (and it’s effect on the pond ecology). Francis Pharcellus Church’s response to Virginia’s 1897 letter to the editor says it better than I:
Dear Editor—I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Sanda Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Sanda Claus?
Virginia O’Hanlon, 115 West Ninety-fifth Street, New York
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Sanda Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Sanda Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.