A-Quick One-Act Some-History of-Education (Inside-My-Head)

Characters

Person of Power 1

Person of Power 2

People-Students

Act 1- Scene 1

(An office, in the past past past, People-Students are heard protesting right outside )

POWER1

I don’t think education should be a right, sounds too dangerous that way. Let’s keep it a privilege.

POWER2

You are right. But, these people are revolting because they want it.

POWER1

Hmm… let’s just give them some “pretend education system,” and they’ll shut up.

POWER2

Done

(People-Students cease protesting).

POWER2

(Looking out the window)

Hey! Look! They seem to really like it.

POWER1

(joining POWER2 at the window)

They do…are you thinking what I am thinking?

POWER2

Yes! let’s make it a little more expensive.

POWER1

And they won’t be really able to afford it, so we can lend them money, and we’ll make even MORE money!

POWER2

Done

[...]*

(Protests start again)

POWER1

This again?

So annoying.

Ok, Why don’t we get rid of a couple of them to scare them a bit.

POWER2

Done.

(Protests cease)

POWER1

Just keep those prices rising. Easiest business ever!

POWER2

What about the quality of education?

POWER1

What about it?

POWER2

Nah, nothing.

To be continued…

*Insert/improvise some conversation about breakfast.

 

And while you are here, please check out this article from the HuffPost about the movimiento that has started in Mexico due to the disappearance of 43 students and the appearance of dozens of mass-graves with unidentified bodies:

Mexican Government — Tell Us the Truth — Where are the Ayotzinapa 43?

 

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We must come back.

We must.

Ok girls, we took a break, I get it; it was hard to deal with the blues of our last performance of The SM Cabaret and we slowly faded out in our duty to this platform.

Now what? We must come back. Re-build our momentum. Continue to write our way through this. Or: move on. Of course not all of us will stay through this forever, maybe none of us will. That is also OK!

So, here is my proposal:

Get back on your posting schedule, or write a final post, or just don’t write anything and someday maybe come back.

And if you aren’t already part of TGPB but would like to be, please let us know!

The action we came up with during the Student Movement Convention should kick off soon…not to forget that November 21st is less than 2 months away…

There’s much to be said and done, so I hope to hear from you soon.

you will hear from me,

G

 

 

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Oh Republicans…

As this Mother Jones article points out, our country’s priorities are terrifying. 

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This is how The Great Lakes got YOU!

From The SM Cabaret: Slaves of Sallie Mae

 

For more information about The SM Cabaret please visit our SM Cabaret page.

If you’d like to check out a review of the  show visit Woman Around Town.

Stay tuned!

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This little piggy went to the market, this little piggy stayed home…

So as usual I have been trying to find ways to make more money. Frustrated and broke, I scour Craigslist for more jobs, usually as the baby I nanny yanks my hair and smears snot on my shirt. Typically I would scroll right past the ads titled “Girls, Girls, Girls!”, but curiosity and desperation is a dangerous combination. I click on the ad and discover that I could make $800 a night working at an up scale foot fetish club in Midtown. The ad is vague as to what is actually required. I mean, if I just have to make small talk with business men while prancing round in strappy sandals, then yeah I’m in, but letting some middle aged man with a pop belly and reseeding hairline put my toe in his mouth is a different story. I’d be willing to touch my own feet while they watch (I don’t know if that’s a thing, but I could handle that). So I go back and forth like this in my head. questioning how far I’d be willing to go, and ultimately decide hey what the hell, and I send in my picture. I figure if I actually go through with the job it could make a good Performance Studies essay. It could be my attempt at a Sophie Calle style (whenever I’m considering doing anything scandalous, I use the “Sophie Calle” justification). I didn’t hear back from them. They were probably more interested in bubbly, leggy, blonds in spandex dresses, than in angry, 4’11” lesbian, brunettes in Dr. Martins, so I didn’t stand much of a chance.  In reality, I’m sure my feet are too flat and ticklish for me to make it big in the foot fetish world. But hey, a girl can dream.   

 

-Jenna

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So You Have a Solid Show – Now What?

Last Friday, we premiered The S.M. Cabaret: Slaves of Sallie Mae at The Duplex to a sold-out house. Our second performance coming up this Friday is already on a wait-list and we expect it to be sold-out as well (please don’t let the wait-list deter you, there is a high chance of you getting in if you sign up.) I can’t fully express how excited I am of the work we have done, the process we took to get here, and the collective collision of ideas from 4 other incredible women. From the feedback we’ve gotten, we succeeded in the fine balance of politics and pleasure, which was always the goal. With all of this excitement of a well-received show also comes the pressure and desire to keep it going. The Grace Period Blog will no doubt continue to create new works as a collective, but what is to become of The S.M. Cabaret? Now, it’s time to put our business hats on!

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So we’ve been brainstorming. The initial goal is to get us out of our 10 part-times jobs combined and into a full-time position with The Grace Period Blog. This is the dream that every theater-maker wants I presume, but how in the world does it happen? Right about now, I’m wishing I double-majored in Business I’ll tell ya!

1. Find investors who will buy into your product. Broadway producers, philanthropists, corporations with community programs, elected officials, literary agents and managers, and mega Off-Broadway theaters. Anyone out there know anyone that is interested in our cause? We are planning to have a special industry night and cocktail reception this summer showcasing our work.

2. Plan a College Tour. I am hearing more and more often that performance artists are making at least (!) a modest living by presenting their work at universities. With well over 40 college campuses in NYC alone, I am smelling a serious market and a great opportunity to present our work in the gold mine itself, the university. This option seems to be for the entrepreneur spirit and offers longevity if you craft the perfect formula in your proposal.

3. Apply to arts residencies that will supply you with the money, space, and the administrative and technical support to develop your work. The main pros of this option are that: it introduces your work to a broader audience of the theater’s own patrons and supporters, and we can solely focus on the work itself instead of the producing aspects.

4. Continue to produce the show ourselves in various venues, open mic nights, piano bars, and cabaret theaters. Or find ourselves in the weekly line-up at a popular venue. Apply to well-known festivals that will get our name and product out there as well. We definitely plan on using this option partly because quite frankly we love performing this show and performing is like exercising your muscles: if you don’t use it, you lose it! However, the downside to this is that we would again be relying on our friends (many in the same financial situation as ourselves) to fund us and we don’t want to do that when there are more profitable fish in the sea who are equally as passionate for our cause.

It’s my natural character to think GO BIG! However, I realize that all great things are a process and financial success doesn’t happen over night. This first small success at The Duplex just gave us a taste of what’s to come and I am finding myself scratching at the door in eagerness. It’s not a terrible position to be in by any means; I am so thankful for the response we have had so far and the generosity of our audience, friends, and press in making this show so special to us.

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I am confident that there is a future in The Cabaret and we are dedicated to making it happen! It will be a learning curve, but I am prepared to do what it takes to get over the hump.

Thanks for Believing in Us <3

Sydney

The Grace Period Blog

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“Go. See. It.”

Debra Kirouac

Debra Kirouac
Debra Kirouac

Check out the review that Debra Kirouac from Woman Around Town just published about The SM Cabaret: Slaves of Sallie Mae!

She definitely enjoyed the show, and she urges you to “Go. See. It.”

The S.M. Cabaret: Slaves of Sallie Mae is not only fun but also an important play. While it does point out a lot of problems with the student loan system as they exist today — high interest rates, inflated costs of degrees, low-paying jobs vs. high debt — the show’s message is that even though most of these women are indebted, they’re still strong, talented performers who have something to say. – See more at: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/living-around/the-fleecing-of-young-america-the-s-m-cabaret-slaves-of-sallie-mae-student-debt-stories-with-class-and-sass#sthash.Nwyurnkz.dpuf
The S.M. Cabaret: Slaves of Sallie Mae is not only fun but also an important play. While it does point out a lot of problems with the student loan system as they exist today — high interest rates, inflated costs of degrees, low-paying jobs vs. high debt — the show’s message is that even though most of these women are indebted, they’re still strong, talented performers who have something to say. – See more at: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/living-around/the-fleecing-of-young-america-the-s-m-cabaret-slaves-of-sallie-mae-student-debt-stories-with-class-and-sass#sthash.z54LC4EE.dpuf
The S.M. Cabaret: Slaves of Sallie Mae is not only fun but also an important play. While it does point out a lot of problems with the student loan system as they exist today — high interest rates, inflated costs of degrees, low-paying jobs vs. high debt — the show’s message is that even though most of these women are indebted, they’re still strong, talented performers who have something to say. – See more at: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/living-around/the-fleecing-of-young-america-the-s-m-cabaret-slaves-of-sallie-mae-student-debt-stories-with-class-and-sass#sthash.z54LC4EE.dpuf
The S.M. Cabaret: Slaves of Sallie Mae is not only fun but also an important play. While it does point out a lot of problems with the student loan system as they exist today — high interest rates, inflated costs of degrees, low-paying jobs vs. high debt — the show’s message is that even though most of these women are indebted, they’re still strong, talented performers who have something to say. – See more at: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/living-around/the-fleecing-of-young-america-the-s-m-cabaret-slaves-of-sallie-mae-student-debt-stories-with-class-and-sass#sthash.z54LC4EE.dpuf
The S.M. Cabaret: Slaves of Sallie Mae is not only fun but also an important play. While it does point out a lot of problems with the student loan system as they exist today — high interest rates, inflated costs of degrees, low-paying jobs vs. high debt — the show’s message is that even though most of these women are indebted, they’re still strong, talented performers who have something to say. – See more at: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/living-around/the-fleecing-of-young-america-the-s-m-cabaret-slaves-of-sallie-mae-student-debt-stories-with-class-and-sass#sthash.z54LC4EE.dpuf
The S.M. Cabaret: Slaves of Sallie Mae is not only fun but also an important play. While it does point out a lot of problems with the student loan system as they exist today — high interest rates, inflated costs of degrees, low-paying jobs vs. high debt — the show’s message is that even though most of these women are indebted, they’re still strong, talented performers who have something to say. – See more at: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/living-around/the-fleecing-of-young-america-the-s-m-cabaret-slaves-of-sallie-mae-student-debt-stories-with-class-and-sass#sthash.Nwyurnkz.dpuf

“The S.M. Cabaret: Slaves of Sallie Mae is not only fun but also an important play. While it does point out a lot of problems with the student loan system as they exist today — high interest rates, inflated costs of degrees, low-paying jobs vs. high debt — the show’s message is that even though most of these women are indebted, they’re still strong, talented performers who have something to say.”

SO COME TO THE CABARET!

Click HERE for the full review!

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