The Fierce Urgency of Now – by Doug DeVita in March 2021
In this fast-moving caustic comedy, Kyle, an art director in high-powered New York ad agency, tries to discover his real self amid power struggles and stereotypes. He finds an ally in Dodo, who understands his plight – being that she became a lady-living-legend in an era of “Mad Men.”
A Fresh Fruit Awards of Distinction winner for Outstanding Play AND Outstanding Production! press: Arts Stage – Seattle Rage:
“ The writing is fresh, funny, and smart without striving for hilarity. It hits where it’s meant to hit. ” Outer-Stage: “ A rapid-fire, well-timed character study filled with terrific one-liners, deep and even tearful relationship moments, and sage wisdom for the texting generation. ”
Doug DeVita Presents THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW as Radio Play
Fierce follows art director Kyle as he tries to discover his real self amid the power struggles and skewed priorities of a New York ad agency.
Doug DeVita's fast-paced comedy, The Fierce Urgency of Now, has multiple lives across the country. A regional favorite for some time, the play has been turned into a screenplay and is currently in development as a motion picture. In the meantime, playwright/screenwriter Doug DeVita has reworked the piece into a joyous radio-style play. Fierce follows art director Kyle as he tries to discover his real self amid the power struggles and skewed priorities of a New York ad agency. After an office restructuring puts him in a new creative group run by a homophobic manager, he finds an unlikely ally in copywriter Dodo, a living-legend from the era of "Mad Men," who not-so-gently prods Kyle to the realization that "It's time to take off. And soar." DeVita's own experience in the ad world coupled with his trademark caustic wit makes this play an hilarious parable exposing longtime homophobia and ageism.
Tony Anthony and Jeff Milstein are showmen from way-back and they are now giving-back. Producer, Jeff Milstein has entered into an agreement with author/actor Tony Anthony, a star of Westerns from the good-old "studio" days, to present a book filled with yet-unheard-of quotes from celebs then-and-now. Hilarious, touching, shocking, ANTHONY'S QUOTES & THOUGHTS COLLECTION THAT MIGHT TOUCH A NERVE is great as a traveling companion, a gift for the collector and the history buff, and simply an enjoyable alternative. Tony and Jeff gab like Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner while I try and get a word in edge-wise.
David Howard Thornton was born on November 30th, 1979 in Huntsville, Alabama. He is an actor known for work in stage, film, and voice over. He is best known for his roles as Grandpa Who in the 1st- 5th national tours of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical", the voice of Shizoku and others in the video game "Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom", The Joker in the YouTube series "Nightwing Escalation" ...
and Art the Clown in the film "Terrifier" and the soon-to-be-released "Terrifier 2."
David, a pleasant, humorous, gent, praises Charlie Chaplin (among others) for his mesmerizing performance as Art, the Clown.
Thrilled to talk to him BEFORE he gets as big as Robert Engund.
Passionpit music: Through My Head (Obninsk, Russia) Song: Aeterna Album: Infinity (2012)
Return with us to the wondrous days of Famous Monsters, the science vs. fiction of Omni and Starlog, the satirical humor of Mad Magazine, and the brilliant short stories of the legendary pulp magazines.
Gravity City Digital Magazine — a stunning amalgam of these great periodicals will burst upon the genre by Halloween!
Filled with Mad Magazine lampoon-style ads and spoof gadgets and products, the magazine — aside from its humor — serves as a platform for emerging authors of science fiction, fantasy, and Horror, as well as illuminating interviews and articles about new films, books, and other genre events.
Gravity City is a media partner with Phoenix FearCon Online. Opening October 16, FearCon will run until December 31. Gravity City will provide coverage of the film festival’s events.
Joining Artie Cabrera and editorial collaborator Christopher J. Valin is Margarita Mendoza, a veteran of marketing and advertising, and Jay Michaels, a prominent member of the genre community through Terror Talk, a program he produced for Terror TV as well as producer and host of In the PassionPit, an ongoing podcast, and video program that spotlights indie artists and their creations — just like Artie and Gravity City — as well as appearances at PhantasmCon, Boston Sci-Fi, and others.
Margarita Mendoza has already begun spearheading a far-reaching marketing campaign and soliciting [real] advertising while Jay Michaels is the communications director.
The Third Issue of Gravity City Digital Magazine is currently in production and it features exclusive interviews with Star Trek: Discovery writers Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt, as well as television writer Larry Brody (The Six Million Dollar Man, Hawaii 5–0, Automan, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn animated series (HBO) conducted and written by Christopher J. Valin.
Also — Gravity City Digital Magazine is more than a magazine and an adjoining website. It endeavors to act as a compendium for the Gravity City fictional universe it’s based on. Readers and fans have dubbed Gravity City as Star Wars meets the best of ’70s crime dramas.
Synopsis: “In the far reaches of space, the celestial body known as Nebuna is the home to a metropolis with a bad attitude and an expansive wasteland filled with legends and mystery. The tales you are about to read will give you an unflinching ride through the crime-infested gutters and corruption of GRAVITY CITY and the wondrous world that lies beyond city limits,” expounds Artie Cabrera, founder, and publisher of the magazine and creator of the universe and website.
“Gravity City is filled with dark stories, Noir stories, science fiction stories, gumshoe stories, war stories, alien stories, and smuggler stories. In this city, imagination is bursting at the seams, the sky’s the limit and the tales to tell here are numerous and filled with variety.” — an Amazon review.
A series of Gravity City novels written by Artie Cabrera and Christopher J. Valin will be released sometime in 2021.
This is the last "audio" passion-pit as we move to video. I received de facto approval thanks to a line stated in my brief conversation with the last member of the famed Honeymooners ensemble TV series of the 50s. Ms. Randolph, amid sharing how they rehearsed one night and then performed - truly before a live audience with no re-shoots just like any stage play - she said prayed for live theater to return in some form soon but ... TELEVISION WILL NEVER GO AWAY.
She might be predicting the next evolution of the arts.
There is no need to announce the winner of THIS “IN NEED OF A CAPTION” COMPETITION ... it's Donald Loftus.
The best caption would be "gentleman ... captain of industry ... raconteur ... master playwright"
My hair was once dark, now it is not, so I remember other eras well and Donald Luftus possessed all the grace and eloquence of that other time. I didn't need to prepare questions. I just needed to listen to this man's tales of great success despite adversity and be enthralled.
Playwright and filmmaker, Caytha Jentis, was readying her play, POOLING FOR PARADISE, for its off-Broadway opening. She was also readying her film, POOLING FOR PARADISE, for opening. That's right, she pulled the ultimate indie move ... play and film simultaneous! OK, play's on hold but the film is on its way! She shared with me how she keeps herself happy by keeping her friends happy.
Documentary filmmaker, Isabella Babich, lensed an engaging account of the multi-dimensional world of Cabaret. She did it becasue she fell in love with it as an art-form. She also shared her hopes that her love affair can eventually continue.
Y'know, sometimes it takes just one conversation.
I've had the pleasure of working alongside Attila Juhasz in sunny Arizona at equally sunny, Sun Studios on Terror TV. Little did I know that he is a fellow native New Yorker AND little did I know he published his own magazine; created his own video game featuring George Romero, has deep and extensive work within numerous facets of technology and worked with rock stars, movie personalities, and so much more. He's more than ready for whatever the arts world looks like when the curtains again rise.
One thing I knew already and he just proved me right ... he's quite brilliant.
This is obviously another crossover between IN THE PASSIONPIT and IN THE DARK so find my interview with Attila on both sites.
Jessie Fahay, founding artistic director of Ripple Effect Artists, has scored a media triumvirate. The live theatre company (that's 1) recently branched out into indie film (that's 2) and - in honor of Orson Welles' birthday - will present arguably the most famous and easily historic radio play (that's 3) WAR OF THE WORLDS on Station WPKN on the internet (ooops, I guess that make 4) as a fundraiser for CoVid-19 relief.
Jessie was somewhat surprised when i pointed out that she is rapidly becoming a sci-fi company as well.
WAR OF THE WORLDS (of course) plus her new film, HERE COMES FRIEDA is a disaster tale set in the scary future; two previous works, 2071 (a climate change cautionary tale) and her first AEA contract production, THE ADDING MACHINE, Elmer Rice's 1930s classic about a dystopian future brought about by ... calculators.
All this has earned her a place IN THE PASSIONPIT and IN THE DARK on TERROR TV (https://terrortv.com/inthedark/)
Broadway producer and selfless supporter of indie theatre, Jim Kierstead, talks of Broadway's reopening and what he feels are viable alternatives until the curtain goes up.
It is always a pleasure to speak to Jim. He is accessible, friendly, and intelligent. We hear so many hypothesis from so many "informed" sources ... it is truly priceless to hear form some to whom this directly affects.
February: Travis Martin was a successful actor doing an open end run of Anthony Piccione's new play and taking some video editing jobs on the side.
April: Travis Martin is a video editor looking for Zoom Plays.
Can anyone relate?
Professional musician, Micah Young, can't be in the pit for a Broadway show right now; nor on the stage of Lincoln Center; nor in a cabaret venue. Instead, he is traveling around the world, hosting instructions and singalongs with children.
A parent once told him that - after he sang with her child - it was "the first time she smiled in weeks."
Maybe he can't hear it but he's getting standing Os around the world.
Power couple, Joel Eisenberg & Lorie Girsh present great films and TV. Some recent successes remember the past (Then Again, Terror Talk). They cited examples of how we coped in the past that might help us in the future. Even looking to make-up with our BIG BROTHER.
The New York Times reported today that the first case of death in the United States for Covid-19 was February 6. Dan Lane Williams was in hospital with the Flu and Pneumonia on January 12. His friends at the Wednesday Repertory were fearing the worst. Happily and thankfully, they were wrong.
Dan is a brilliant photographer now taking this shelter-in-place to hone his craft. His hospitalization might also change history by pushing a timeline.
What will happen to the art world after Covid-19? What will happen to the world?
I spoke with Lester Cook. He transitioned from the business world to the theatre world. He also made another TRANSITION. Who better to discuss a change of reality?
My "UVX" buddy, Dave Morrissey, Jr. has always been on the cutting-edge of things. With Luxury Universal Xperience and then FUTUREPROOF, he was on the cusp of a new kind of theatre - a cinema/virtual/live hybrid. Many questioned, many laughed.
Who Laughing Now???
Life and Music Sage, Bobbie Horowitz and i sat down to discuss the world. Little did i know I was speaking to someone who has an "in." Ms. Horowitz - amid discussing egg creams and being a nice Jewish girl - shared her philosophies on this time in history. They were powerful and deep. She was shocked to hear I thought she was a leader. I can't imagine her being anything else.
Actress Casey Hartnett is doing just fine. She plays the lead in Anthony Laura's play, THE GIRL WITH THE RED HAIR, and is taking every second of this staycation to solidify her character.
Horror filmmaker Jeff Frumess talked of transformation in horror film ... but not about the monster. He then BRILLIANTLY answered my on-going question about what kind of horror movie are we living in. He waxed philosophical about making movies as well.
The founders of New York's finest improv troupe, the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, have already set-in-motion when their season would resume; they have already connected with their troupe about the future; they have already began fundraising. Now Nannette Deasy & Robert Baumgardner just have to figure out how to simply STAND STILL!!!
One of the most visible names in Cabaret and a Broadway veteran, David Sabella's ability to read the hand-writing on the wall is as sharp as his reading music. Assessing the present and the hypothetical future, David is now a warrior making music possible - even from behind locked doors.
So Edward Gusts captured my attention in two ways... he wrote an engrossing and topical horror film ... based on Shakespeare's Macbeth! We chatted classics ... literature and genre.
Indie filmmaker Nick McAnulty didn't think of himself as a horror film maker ... until I asked him.
Andrew Lorhenz wrote and directed a film about murder, deception, crime, and revenge... but he was the nicest guy! He shared with me what it was like to go from film crew on big-budgets to director of an indie!
Emerging genre filmmaker, Jared Masters, answered my question about what kind of horror movie we're currently in with "none ... this is REAL" We then got literal and philosophical.
André Vauthey gave up a career as a doctor at Hôpital Cantonal de Fribourgin in Switzerland to come to America to be an actor. Crazy, right?
He was gaining great success as an actor. Enough so that he was building his own repertory company.
Then this happened,
Now he put his acting career on hold and went back home to help his family and community.
I was honored to speak with renowned author and fellow "newspaper man" Chip Deffaa. We spoke of the pandemic ... the 1918 one. Chip gave me incredible insight into how they differ, how they're similar, and how we should learn from the community then about being a community now.
We all are on our perennial "day-off" but I spoke with Laurie Rae Waugh on one of her few. Working for the court system, Laurie is considered essential, thus, she puts on her mask and goes to work. Is she brave? Definitely. Is she used to it? Definitely. The award-winning director/producer began her career managing one of the first AIDS benefits ... ever.
Writer/reviewer and all around Broadway theatre authority, Robert Viagas was unabashed in his confidence that when the time comes Broadway will burst back like an 11 O'Clock Number. A fellow judge at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, we got all futuristic about precautions.
I spoke with Nicholas Thomas, one of the triumvirate that brings us the amazing art from spit&vigor, about times here in NYC and in his native New Zealand. Normally, one might be encouraged when someone says "we're alike."
Ziporen Hazum, a former Israeli soldier, now film producer, talks about how she will soldier on during this next "war."
Film, TV, and stage actress, Stephanie Satie, has achieved a sold measure of notoriety from her one-person shows. One, in which she portrays children of the Holocaust hit home to her now. One must appreciate it all ... all the time.
Celebrated Playwright Robert Liebowitz is helping out right now by sitting all alone in a taxi dispatchers booth, guiding the last two cabs of a company pick-up and deliver the ailing to hospitals. It is so quiet, he could hear every thought in his head. Soon he will write down these thoughts into a play about our current reality. He's waiting to start ... to see how the play ends.
Until then he's Burgess Meredith from The Twilight Zone.
I had an engrossing and enlightening conversation with Lee Adhemar G. Feldshon - but you can call him Lee AND you can call him often as well ... and for free. This prominent entertainment attorney realized that - right now - many of us are in the midst of a contract that simply can't happen. What can we do? What can they do? What does the future hold. If you haven't thought about this ... you must listen. If you have thought about this ... you must listen.
A veteran of everything including legendary spaghetti westerns, Tony Anthony feels that now is the time when we MUST remember the past. So he has devoted his life to making that easy on us.
Hip-hop artist and now TV personality, JUSTICE, talks about her career and her upcoming pilot about a superhero... and her faith. She is as fearless as her character because when she answers to a higher power.
Jeffrey Milstein spent his days walking the [bottom] line between investing in and producing entertainment events and artist management AND running a successful tax accounting firm. Now he is using a combination of that knowledge to assess the future of the industry.
In light of the fact that Arizona has joined the lock-down, I spoke with my buddy at Sun Studios, Chris McLennan, on NOT staying home. The film and TV studio manager is MEDIA, thus, she is essential and must brave the outside. Brain Damage Films operates out of Sun Studios so maybe that's why Chris still had a bright disposition ... she 's used to scary situations.
Fright filmmaker Marcus Slabine and I shared some thoughts on the horror show outside our doors. This clever, friendly, highly intelligent visionary filmmaker made an old monster like me absolutely shiver!
So I get a call from Jay Michaels recently ... I was beside myself!
He is a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ... Am I in The Twilight Zone?
He quoted from Doctor Who ... I get it ... an alternate universe!
Then he told me he is a classical harp and string player working to put medieval and renaissance music online. Even there, considering my Shakespeare dedication, i found the similarities scary!
It must be the name.
The artistic director of the immensely collaborative Playful Substance theater company and "everyone's mom" talks of two cooking adventures: helping everyone eat right, right now; and making sure she offers her writers group ingredients for creative survival.
Face to Face Films founder, Anthony Laura discusses how his play, The Girl With the Red Hair, looks really different from a "viral" point of view.
ESSENTIEL-NONESSENTIEL: PARTIE 22- Ellen Wolf et Rémi Amblard: Même la France a l’air sombre de nos jours!
Ellen Wolf and Rémi Amblard are making music from their home in Paris ... sounds lovely huh? Y'know you can be arrested if you are out for more than an hour there and don't try to drive over the border to Belgium!
Laris Macario is known for his powerful portrayal of Henry V. Speaking with him, i don't think he's stopped playing it. He is aggressively battling this situation and preparing for the next challenge after it's all over. I always admire people who know that the expression, "hit the ground running" means. he does ... and he is.
Zan Vailento, displaying his energy, talent, and ingenuity, has tapped into the latest trend in a really unique way. He is also enjoying making pasta. Both atop a ladder while painting his apartment.
ESSENTIAL-NONESSENTIAL: PART 19 - Ellen Matzer & Valery Hughes: Ministering Angels - Then & Now. PART II
Even as a quip, to call these two amazing women "nonessential" is criminal. Ellen & Valery were nurses during the AIDS epidemic and chronicled their heart-breaking yet empowering experiences in NURSES ON THE INSIDE. Some of the story is raw, sometimes graphic, but familiar for people with HIV infection or those dear to them. Retired, they were contacted by Governor Cuomo to return to active duty to help the community and to help in finding a vaccine.
When I spoke with Ellen I didn't know what to expect so my "charm" was on. She knocked me for a loop. First in her amazing words and thoughts and then she told me "wait till you hear what Valery has to say." I started out sounding like I got hit over the head... then I got worse.
Ignore me, but LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN to her. HERE IS PART II: VALERY
Here is a link to their book, which, like them, is essential.