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Danny Casolaro and ‘The Octopus’ – The Stage Play

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Danny Casolaro

Long time disinfonauts will surely remember one of the legends of modern day conspiracy investigations, Danny Casolaro, and his revelations of ‘the Octopus.” Casolaro met an untimely end and his investigation petered out. He’s not forgotten, however, and his life and work are about to be immortalized in a stage play, reports American Theatre:

A journalist is hot on the trail of a con­spiracy whose scope seems ever-expanding. Nicknamed “The Octopus,” the plot connects shadowy private-security contractors with an international criminal bank, government piracy of law-enforcement database software, a corrupt Native American reservation where experimental weapons are developed, and even Reagan’s October Surprise.

The journalist hopes to break the whole story all at once and find fame and fortune. According to his book proposal (quoted in Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen’s The World’s Greatest Conspiracies), he’s after a “web of thugs and thieves who roam the earth with their weapons and their murders, trading dope and dirty money for the secrets of the temple.”

Before he leaves to meet a source in West Virginia, he warns his family that, if anything happens to him, they shouldn’t believe the official story.

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The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)

By Tony Fischer via Flickr CC by 2.0)

By Tony Fischer via Flickr CC by 2.0)

via The Daily Beast:

A new play featuring the third U.S. president, and the authors of “War and Peace” and “Tale of Two Cities” ruminates on what makes us human—our aspirations or our actions?

In a compact 85 minutes, “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” ambitiously wades through life’s most primal, yet endlessly perplexing concepts (morality, mortality, etymology) from the prism of the three eponymous philosophers. That director Matt August’s ebullient and incisive production doesn’t locate the answers that have been eluding us since time immemorial is unsurprising. After all, “Discord” is more a series of conversations than revelations.

Taking a chapter out of Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential masterwork “No Exit,” playwright Scott Carter’s brisk and poignant theological romp opens with a triumvirate of deceased, perennially recognizable figures—Jefferson (Larry Cedar), Tolstoy (Armin Shimerman), and Dickens (David Melville)—ensnared in a white room with nothing but a desk, three chairs, and their consciousness.

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Help Make the Word Flesh – Bring Cosmic Trigger to The Stage!

CosmicTrigger1If you’ve ever wondered why I keep mentioning Robert Anton Wilson on this site (other than the fact that Disinfo put out his Maybe Logic DVD), it has to do with me accidentally summoning my Holy Guardian Angel back in 2010 and the first telepathic words out of its mind being “We Are the Beings From the Sirius Star System who were communicating with Robert Anton Wilson!” No, really. It’s a long story that I’ve written about before but I don’t think I’ve ever actually talked about publically, which I do in this podcast if you’re curious.

Anyway, after that happened I wrote a book about my experiences with sex magick, then went back and re-read a bunch of Wilson, which is something I hadn’t actually done in years. Most amazingly, in doing so I realized that the book I had written (The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations, out next month) was very much like the Occult sequel to Cosmic Trigger that Wilson never penned.… Read the rest

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Creators of South Park Create Mormon Musical

Trey Parker (left) & Matt Stone (right) at The Amazing Meeting in 2007

Trey Parker (left) & Matt Stone (right) at The Amazing Meeting in 2007. Photo: enseptico

Trey Parker and Matt Stone first created Cannibal! The Musical together, followed by the cult film Orgasmo. Now the duo is taking the religious approach. Working with Robert Lopez (one of the creators of Avenue Q), their new play, The Book of Mormon, is to be performed on Broadway by next March. The New York Post reports:

A lot of very smart theater people — Stephen Sondheim among them — think the movie “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” is one of the best musicals of the past 15 years.

“South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone demonstrated a flair for musical theater, lovingly sending up its conventions and traditions while knocking out a batch of witty, catchy tunes that echo the beloved scores of the Golden Age of Broadway.

It was inevitable that these guys would write a stage musical one day.

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