September 1st, 2014
“Bloody Rabbit” explores how anti-Semitism increases as society looks for scapegoats.
ORLANDO — The Great Recession brought terrible hardship to millions of people, and R.T. Robeson is no exception.
man thought he had it all by his late 40s, but the recession took everything he had — his job, his savings, his home, car, even his cat. As he struggles to find employment, he also tries desperately to hold onto his dignity.
Things eventually turn around for Robeson: he finds a new, lower paying job, and a tiny apartment that is affordable on his new salary. But something else has changed. In a society that has seen its wealth and opportunities wiped away, there are some who look for scapegoats. In the minds of the most twisted among them, those scapegoats are easy to find.
Freeline Productions’ novel “Bloody Rabbit” explores the rise of anti-Semitism following a devastating economic crash — seen through the eyes of a man who now finds himself being targeted, and stalked, by someone who believes one specific group can be blamed for this ongoing economic misery: the Jews. Read more »
September 1st, 2014
The historic materials from the Jim Crow era in the American South have become a part on the exhibit “Hateful Things” that is opening at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center.
MAITLAND – This fall, the focus of the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center
will be on a special topic very much in the news today: civil rights.
On the heels of an explosive summer in Ferguson
, where riots and protests followed the death of Michael Brown – an unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer – the Holocaust Center in Maitland will host special exhibits and programs that explore the state of civil rights today.
As the center notes, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. The Holocaust Center will devote the fall to a Civil Rights Act Commemoration that explores the state of race relations today.
“In recognition of the 50-year anniversary, the Holocaust Center has brought institutions and individuals throughout Central Florida
together to examine the impact of the Civil Rights Act, what issues remain to be addressed and how we can continue challenging bigotry and prejudice in all its forms,” the Holocaust Center noted in a news release.
Why focus on civil rights issues through a center that preserves the history and documentation of the Holocaust during World War II? Read more »
August 31st, 2014
Alan Bennett’s play “The History Boys” is starting its final week at The Mad Cow Theatre.
ORLANDO — Irwin, a teacher at a boys’ grammar school in the north of England
, initially comes onto the stage in a wheelchair – though for most of Alan Bennett’s play “The History Boys,” he has full use of his legs.
So it makes perfect sense, then, that Irwin is a young history teacher, and works alongside his mentor, Hector, an older, seasoned and decidedly less straight-laced and more eccentric teacher. During the play, Hector and Irwin take the audience back in history – to the series of events that led to tragedy for both of them. It’s a bit like the subject they teach: history is partly about the facts in those school text books, faithfully recorded at the time of all those momentous actions of past decades; but it’s also about memory, which of course is a far more subjective way of reflecting back. Read more »
August 23rd, 2014
Jeff Guinn’s book “Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson” makes no effort to glamorize the notorious serial killer.
Driving through the busy streets of Orlando
on a recent afternoon, dressed in long-sleeve business attire, I could feel the August heat and humidity in all of its punishing oppression, and was reminded once again of just how slowly the air conditioning works when you first start up a boiling hot car. Alas, my mood was decidedly sour.
But as I navigated the urban streets, occasionally dealing with impatient and rude motorists, what really irritated me wasn’t the temperature, the slow pace of my a.c. system, or my fellow drivers. It was the sounds emanating from my car’s compact disc player.
I had known for some time that the story of mass murderer Charles Manson intricately involved music. Manson had believed that the Beatles spoke to him through their “White Album,” and that the songs on it – particularly “Helter Skelter” – were predicting a coming race war in America. Read more »
August 23rd, 2014
The Mad Cow Theatre is now producing John W. Lowell’s suspenseful play “The Letters,” starring Brian Brightman and Jennifer Christa Palmer.
ORLANDO — At the opening of John W. Lowell’s suspenseful play “The Letters,” a young woman we later learn is named Anna walks into a small office, then sits down — and waits.
And, for several more minutes, waits
She is tense, and nervous. She pulls out a cigarette and borrows a lighter from the office desk, but it doesn’t work. She begins to fidget and pace around the room. There’s no question that Anna doesn’t want to be there.
Then the man identified only as the director walks in. Is Anna in trouble, maybe about to be fired? The director seems very by-the-book, but not without an occasional flash of humor, even charm. Anna is respectful, business-like – and, in those first few minutes, quite apparently on edge. We keep waiting for the bad news to fall in her lap. Read more »