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Puritanical Thinking

Dear Friends,

Yesterday we had a lovely conversation with a friend who is originally from Bulgaria, but now lives in Texas.

She was telling us how she was brought up in Bulgaria, where both the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches had congregations.

The subject of the conversation was that her family and the people she knew did not believe that mankind arrived in this world as sinners.

Think of that! You and we, when we were born, had not done anything evil. We were completely free, innocent, and kindly human beings. How much evil could we have done in our mother’s womb?

When I (Philip) was a child I went to church every Sunday and was totally sold on the fact that I was loaded with sin!

That’s the end of today’s sermon! We do not have to feel that all our thoughts are EVIL.

Enjoy life!
Philip & Marilyn

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Hope & Fury

Dear Friends,

As we celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, we wanted to share with you a wonderful program that we watched last night on CNBC called Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and The Media.

It was such a wonderful and informative show and brought us back to the time when this remarkable man worked tirelessly to change the course of our country. His life serves as a direct contrast to the direction that our current President seems to be leading us and we are hopeful that our country will continue to look to Dr. King’s life and advice to navigate the current crisis we find ourselves in today.

To watch clips of the show, please click on the picture below:

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Dr. King, we salute you!
Best,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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A Day That Shall Live in Infamy

Dear Friends,

December 07, 1941–the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor–is a day we won’t forget.

I was standing outside a building in Connecticut when I heard the news. It seemed so incredible at the time that the Japanese would send out their kamikaze pilots to kill thousands of sailors and civilians alike.

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photo courtesy of msn.com

That was 77 years ago today.

I am sure many of you have been to Pearl Harbor in Honolulu and visited the memorial there—it is such an emotional experience.

We can all be thankful that we are not in a war at the present time. Let us pray that we remain at peace and be grateful for the brave men and women who lost their lives that fateful day.

Best regards,
Philip Langner

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The Power of Theatre

Dear Friends,

One more prior newsletter to share with you before we head back to New York City and the realities of summer coming to an end.

We cannot—CANNOT—stress the importance that the theatre can—and should!—have in the political realm. The tradition started with Shakespeare himself, and who knows, perhaps even before that!

Our friend Arthur Miller once said that it is the job of an artist to remind people of what they have chosen to forget. And in this political climate, nothing could be more true!

Best,
Philip & Marilyn

The Theatre Guild Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Today we wanted to discuss with you an incredible theatre happening that occurred a couple of weeks ago:

It is the conflict between The Theatre, as represented by Hamilton, and the Government-to-be, as represented by Vice-President Elect Mike Pence.

As you all know, Vice President-Elect Pence went to a performance of Hamilton where he was specifically addressed by the cast at the end of the performance (their spokesperson being Brandon Dixon).

Mr. Dixon made a plea to Vice President-Elect Pence–as a representative of our new government starting 20th of January.  The cast requested that Vice President-Elect Pence look out for their interests, aka those of the common people.  While Mr. Pence was walking out of the theatre at the time of the speech, he stopped and listened to what Mr. Harris had to say.

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To us, it is a fascinating happening.  It is The Theatre…

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Pearl Harbor

Dear Friends,

Today is December 08, 2017—one day and 76 years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and our entry into WWII.

I remember the day so well, exactly where I was standing by a building up in Connecticut about 2:00 pm on a Sunday afternoon.  What an incredible shock!

In recent years, I visited the War Memorial in Honolulu—built where the battleship, USS Arizona was sunk with 1,700 sailors on board.  The Memorial is quite lovely and poignant and very significant.

It seems so easy to forget a war that happened nearly 80 years ago.  How many wars have we had since then? How about Vietnam?  Every now and then when I happen to see a map of the Far East, I ask myself “how in God’s name could we have gone there and done that?”

A woman who worked for my parents was married to a man who died in the Bataan death march, where 700 American soldiers were marched through the Philippines shortly after Pearl Harbor.

Please forgive all of these musings.  The resulting thought is, of course, why?  Why do we have to get into wars?  Why do so many people have to die?  Now we have North Korea so eager to do so—they are reported in the paper today as saying “we have to go to war very soon.”

I guess they don’t remember Pearl Harbor, where 2,400 Americans were killed and another 1,200 wounded.  Nor must they remember 340,000 Japanese who died because of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 06 and August 09, 1945 respectively.  Nor do they remember the nearly 1.4 million people who died in the Vietnam War.

We cannot forget—or we are doomed to repeat history.  What can we do?

Sincerely,
Philip and Marilyn

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Tuning In

Dear Friends,

We are writing today about a wonderful TV news program, which “tells it like it is,” The Rachel Maddow Show.

What we love about her is the fact that she really researches her topics fully and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.  In this day and age where the news is hard to get, Rachel is a refreshing source of information.

In an article on PoliticusUSA, Jason Easley writes:

As the American people get more engaged and look for factual news and information, they are increasingly turning to MSNBC as the Rachel Maddow led network is growing three times faster in total viewers than Fox News in primetime.”

Click here for the full article:
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Of course, we think it would be great if she’d throw her hat in the political arena!  In the meantime, we’ll just continue tuning in to her show weeknights at 9pm ET/6pm PT on MSNBC.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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On The Move

Dear Friends,

Hamilton is on the move again—this time across the pond.

According to Variety, Hamilton will be making its West End debut next November at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

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The question that seems to be on everyone’s mind is: will it enjoy the success it has seen in the US?  There are no guarantees, of course, but we think it will.  It is such a fantastic show that is resonating with audiences today to make a real connection.  It is our experience that when a show can do that it is going to run for a very long time.

You can read the full article at Variety here.

We wish The Victoria Palace Theatre all the best success and a very long Hamilton run!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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One Large Leap for Womankind

Dear Friends,

It looks like we are once again on the verge of history—and a giant leap forward for women in our country (since it’s already been happening in other countries!).

While nothing is finalized until the Democratic Convention in July, it appears that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Nominee for President.

This is just simply extraordinary and we couldn’t be happier or more excited that our country is on the verge of making history.

Congrats Hillary—and congrats to America for bringing forward women’s equality!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Running The World!

Dear Friends,
Today I thought we’d deviate slightly to the edge of theatre and discuss something even more exciting: women!
The other day, I saw a woman delivering groceries.  This in and of itself doesn’t seem that far out of the ordinary in this day and age, but–and this might sound crazy–I have never seen a woman deliver groceries!  Men delivered groceries…men delivered everything.  In fact, when we look way, way back men even played the part of women on stage.
A few weeks ago, we read that the Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith as the first full-time female assistant coach in the NFL! 
But whom we wanted to speak about most of all is Angela Merkel!  She is quite commanding in her ability to not only lead Germany, but is widely accepted as the de facto leader of Europe and was named by Time Magazine as Person of the Year for 2015!
Yes, women still have a long way to go to catch up to men in these male-dominated arenas, but we are happy to see that women are staking their claim and with role models, such as Merkel and Smith, leading the charge it won’t be long before their dominance (?) can be seen everywhere!

Click on the pic below to read the full article by Time!

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30 Million Men

Dear Friends,

Sometimes the greatest drama comes to us from real life, and so today we’d like to talk about the 30 million men in China.

Many years ago (about 35), the rulers of China decided they would reduce their burgeoning population by limiting every family to one child.

Marilyn and I remember the occasion very well because we were certain that it was one of the craziest ideas ever thought of.  We didn’t fully go into all the possible results of this new law, but it evoked enormous head-shaking on our part in knowing that while China was trying to address their problem, they were not giving pause to the implications and ramifications that this law would set forth.  In society where a male child was preferable, no one stopped to think what would happen if there were only male children.

NOW WE SEE THE RESULT.  Some 35 years later there are 30 million men and 0 (+/-) women (aka very few) in the same age group.  So what the hell are these men going to do?  China is now seeing a whole host of interesting problems crop up:

  1. First of all, one has to imagine the sex trade is growing exponentially right now!
  2. And of course, they will have no wives to make their lives happy and worthwhile (and Marilyn didn’t even tell me to say that! Ha!)
  3. The majority of these men will never have children—and thus there will be no one to take care of them when they are old.
  4. Articles that we have read have said that marriage-age Chinese women are only seeking out the wealthiest men—and why not? There are 30 million suitors from which to choose!

The monumental and colossal 30 million men conundrum that China created 35 years ago.  How will it be solved?  Can it be solved?  China announced this week that it will be repealing its “one child” law—but is it too late?

WHAT A HAPPENING!  Lord, we need help!

—Philip & Marilyn

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