Ellen Corley | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Monticello

I think Dmitry Samarov is selling Thomas Geoghan's new play about Thomas Jefferson Monticello short in this review. I thought it was a very clever play - reminiscent of some of the best plays from the 18th century like those of Moliere or "comedie del arte" updated to highlight issues like the need to stop liberty/ Federalist Society Trump types from getting away with dismantling the promise of the Declaration of Independence which is equality and the social contract promised by Jeffersonian anti-Federalists or Democratic Republicans. These issues are more pertinent today than ever and likely to become even more so as we seem to be letting the Nixonian/ Bork/ Olson Republican Party Corporatists and Federalist Society Lawyers steal our elections the same way they tried to steal the election of Thomas Jefferson. Geoghegan does an outstanding job of weaving this issues into the dialog and plot and making them strikingly relevant to audiences in a way that Hamilton did not. In fact, I think Montecello should be given equal time and a few billion in subsidization and promotion to put it on a level playing field with Hamilton. If nothing else, I think Timeline or Goodman should pick up on this play and extend it to a forum where others are likely to see it. It is only open until Labor Day so this gives me a week or so to make my case. I could use some help from the Jeffersonian's in the ChicagoReader Community. Pass it on!

Posted by Ellen Corley on 08/28/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Do Not Resist

Do not miss Do Not Resist. I saw this winner of the Tribeca Film Festival at the Chicago Film Festival and genuinely think this is one of the most important documentaries of the decade. I had been concerned about the militarization of the police before I saw it but after seeing it, I am mobilized. The Director is going to be at the 3:00 Sunday screening and I wish we could keep him in town screening the film with town halls and screenings at schools, universities, churches because we really need to see what a monster we have created. It really is the Frankenstein of our times and it is essentially irrefutable evidence of the Fascism of our New World Order. I met the Director and the Producer/Editor at the Screening and am amazed at what these two millennials have done independently. Even more impressive is their independent spirit in that I learned from our conversation that they had being asked to give up their independent ownership over the film's editing and they resisted.

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Posted by Ellen Corley on 11/03/2016 at 10:35 PM

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