Tuesday, December 6, 2016

More excerpts from writer Rachel Monroe’s article in the Oxford American titled, “Monkeywrench”

Did you read the first segment when the author wrote, “Later that day I met with Wes Blackman . . .”? Or the one about the “Wes Blackman Memorial”?

Remember the Anarchist (“I’m Chuck Bass”) who ran for a Commission seat? The ‘musical’ that concerned so many earlier this year? The article by Rachel Monroe is a look back to those heady days. Two more excerpts:

The first day I showed up for the Earth First! rehearsal in Lake Worth, Florida, a small coastal town thirty-five miles north of Fort Lauderdale, I walked in late to find a dozen tattooed people pretending to be a machine. Tentatively at first and then with increasing enthusiasm, they pantomimed the pulling of levers and the pushing of buttons and other nonsensical but orderly tasks. [emphasis added] 
     “Now the machine speeds up,” instructed Maren, the rosy-cheeked Minnesotan who was codirecting the musical. The imaginary-lever pulling became a little more frantic. “Now it’s breaking down!” Everyone’s movements became strained; a guy in a black hoodie bounced like a deranged spring.
     For the next exercise, Maren had the group make something called a “fear machine,” which involved lots of cowering and pointing. “Okay, now let’s make a deep ecology machine,” she said. For a moment, no one moved.

[and. . .] 

     After a few minutes, Maren ended it. “I was going to say, ‘Now there’s an oil spill,’ and make you play that out,” she said, “but this was going so well.” They could, she decided, invoke the oil spill tomorrow. 

—To read the entire article which is quite lengthy, very well written, and highly entertaining, use this link.

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