SOCIAL INSECURITY

Genre: Comedy, Drama
books, lyrics and direction by Crystal Field; music compsed & arranged by Joseph Vernon Banks

"Social Insecurity" is three soldiers' journey through Operation Iraqi Freedom and their return home, as seen through the camera of a nosy documentary filmmaker who is a combination of Michael Moore and Red Skelton. The soldiers are three New Yorkers, all from different backgrounds, who enlist for different reasons: one to go to college, one because he came from a military family, and one who went through Alternative Sentencing. Sent to Iraq, they share care packages from their families, they see the ugliness of a foreign occupation, the bitterness of the Iraqi citizenry, and the torture and humiliation of Arab prisoners. They support each other emotionally and physically, and when one of them dies from an unexploded missile buried in the roadbed, his two friends are right behind his Hummer, able to take his body away. They are present when his ghost rises to tell them he cannot rest because of the terrible injustices he has seen.

On bivouac, they encounter the eccentric documentary filmmaker, who appears out of the smoke of an explosion: his camera is charred, his hair is on fire, but he is joyous because his film is untouched. They all return home together--including the ghost--to a society filled with insecurity. Affordable housing is gone, CEO's are plundering their companies, Donald Trump's "You're Fired" dominates TV and the Patriot Act is holding the country in handcuffs. With so much subway repair going on, the exits are all closed and people have to ride forever. The only open exit is into the Bling Bling Bros. Circus, where our federal officials are characters of the three-rings. The metaphor is in your face: the world of the three young men has turned into a bizarre circus.

In the climactic act of the circus, the high wires are the strings of corporate greed. Bush, a lion doing tricks, rebels: "I never wanted to go to war--Why do you think I joined the National Guard--to get out of it. And now we're in it. Up to my elbows--You can't make me do this--I'm out of the oil business." He escapes to a community garden on the Lower East Side, where he does public service in a children's puppet show while their parents protest the war, the killing, the lack of civil rights, the corporate greed that has led us down this road. Upon seeing this great protest, the soul of the Dead Soldier finds rest at last.


Sat, August 6th - 2 PM - Manhattan - TNC, East 10th Street at 1st Avenue
Sun, August 7th - 2 PM - Queens - Travers Park, 34th Ave between 77th & 78th Streets
Sat, August 13th - 2 PM - Manhattan - St. Marks Church, E. 10th St. at 2nd Ave.
Sun, August 14th - 2 PM - Brooklyn - Herbert Von King Park at Marcy & Tompkins
Fri, August 19th - 8 PM - Brooklyn - Coney Island Boardwalk at W. 10th St.
Sat, August 20th - 2 PM - Bronx - St. Mary's Park at 147th St. & St. Ann's Ave.,
Sun, August 21st - 2 PM - Manhattan - Harry's Playground, E. 124 St. between 2nd and 3rd.
Sat, August 27th - 2 PM - Brooklyn - Prospect Park Concert Grove
Sun, August 28th - 2 PM - Staten Island - Clove Lake Park
Sat, September 10th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Wise Towers at W. 90th St. bet. - Columbus & Amsterdam
Sun, September 11th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Central Park Bandshell, 72nd Street Crosswalk
Sat, September 17th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Tompkins Square Park at E. 7th St. and Ave. A
Sun, September 18th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Washington Square Park
About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Open:   08/06/05
Close:   09/18/05

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Saturday and Sunday at 2pm
Friday, August 19th at 8pm
Sat, August 6th
Manhattan
East 10th Street at 1st Avenue

Sun, August 7th
Queens
Travers Park
34th Ave between 77th & 78th Streets

Sat, August 13th
St. Marks Church
E. 10th St. at 2nd Ave.

Sun, August 14th
Herbert Von King Park at Marcy & Tompkins

Fri, August 19th
Brooklyn
Coney Island Boardwalk at W. 10th St.

Sat, August 20th
Bronx
St. Mary's Park at 147th St. & St. Ann's Ave.,

Sun, August 21st
Manhattan
Harry's Playground, E. 124 St. between 2nd and 3rd.

Sat, August 27th
Brooklyn
Prospect Park Concert Grove

Sun, August 28th
Staten Island
Clove Lake Park

Sat, September 10th
Wise Towers at W. 90th St.
bet. Columbus & Amsterdam

Sun, September 11th
Manhattan
Central Park Bandshell, 72nd Street Crosswalk

Sat, September 17th
Manhattan
Tompkins Square Park at E. 7th St. and Ave. A
Sun, September 18th - 2 PM - Manhattan - Washington Square Park

Theater:   Varous places in the five boroughs
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New York, NY
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Company: Theater For The New City         Official Web Site: www.theaterforthenewcity.net