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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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Orange Alert

Dear Friends,

When you visit the website for  Michael Moore’s Broadway show, Terms of My Surrender, you will see that it has issued an Orange Alert in honor of our current President, about whom the show focuses.

Previews start this Friday, July 28th, at 8:00pm.
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Tickets start at $29, and can be purchased here.
This is a limited engagement—and one that you don’t want to miss!

Best regards,
Philp and Marilyn

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Me The People

Dear Friends,

We want to share an off-Broadway musical with you today called Me The People: The Trump America People.  It is currently showing at the Triad Theatre on West 72nd Street.

It is “just what the columnist ordered—an uproarious take on the craven, self-dealing Trump agenda intent on tearing down our government and building a stupid wall. The show delivers a topical, up-to-the minute mockumentary of red-white-and-orange America.”
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Sarah Downs from Front Row Center says that it is “a clever, satirical revue set to tunes from the Supremes to the Eagles to CeeLo Green. The talented quartet of Aisha Alia Dukes, Mitchel Kawash, Richard Spitaletta and Mia Weinberger sing with exuberance and commitment, doing hilarious impressions of everyone from Sigmund Freud to Jared Kushner to Hillary Clinton.”

Tickets are on sale through September 02, 2017—you definitely don’t want to miss this!  To learn more or buy tickets, click here.

Best regards,
Philp 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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Michael Moore on Broadway

Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago with shared with you the glorious news of Michael Moore coming to Broadway with his play The Terms of My Surrender.  Click here for a copy of that article.

We just wanted to remind you that previews start on July 28th.  We know that it is still 2 months away, but we are urging you to get your tickets now, because it is only running for 12 weeks and you definitely do not want to miss this production.

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We feel it is so violently important and brilliant for this play to be addressing the political environment in which we are currently living.

We cannot wait for this play to debut!  You can get tickets by clicking on this link.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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The Terms

Dear Friends,

Last week on television, film maker Michael Moore announced a marvelous happening—he is coming to Broadway with his play, The Terms of My Surrender.  According to Moore:

it’s a humorous comedy about a country that just elected a madman as president.

The play, which Moore says is “simultaneously entertaining and infuriating,” will run for 12 weeks at the Belasco Theatre, with previews starting July 28th. To purchase tickets click here.
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We think this is brilliant and cannot wait to go see it!  As we have said in a few past articles (Power of Theatre and President Trump), we believe one of theatre’s biggest responsibilities is to speak out about the political culture of our time.

Thank you Michael Moore—we know that it will be a huge success!

And before we go, we’d like to leave you with a great quote from Arthur Miller:
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Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner
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PS—to read more about this play, you can click here to see an article from the New York Times.

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The Power of Theatre

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 showing its influence on our world.  Not only in the message that the play itself gives the audience, but in this historic case, the actors themselves sent out a message that was viewed—thanks to social media—all around the world.  Theatres have often had an effect on society in the past, starting with William Shakespeare himself.

Personally, we experienced this in mid-1950s with McCarthyism.  At a time when everyone was afraid of being locked up for being a Communist, Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible, which was set during the Salem Witch Trials but in fact, was the very replica of what was happening in America at that time.  The play was so sensational that Miller was interrogated by the US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities!

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President-Elect Trump’s comments aside, we do hope that Vice President-Elect Pence will take these words to heart.  Not as an attack, but as a plea from those who have real concerns for the ideals and path that the new administration seems to be leading us down in order to “make America great again.”  We have always looked to the theatre to lead in voicing current political concerns and we are very proud of the cast of Hamilton for continuing this tradition!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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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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We Can Do It!

Good news today from the UN on the subject of women in government.

There are currently 19 women who are heads of state around the world—Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Central African Republic, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Jamaica, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Peru, Poland, South Korea, Switzerland, and Trinidad & Tobago.

The average number of women in national parliaments has doubled in the last 20 years—from 11% to 22%.

Obviously, we have a long way to go—but these 19 countries are paving the way for a world where gender plays no role in politics.

Just as with the glorious 50 year anniversary in Selma last week, the Women’s Movement is progressing.  It will take time, but it will happen!

Meanwhile, we urge all of our theatre friends to do whatever you can to help move it forward—we can do it!

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