Steve and the audience had a lot of fun bidding on today’s painting to raise money for BC/EFA. Today’s painting sold for $52. Following the performance, Steve sold a second painting from a previous performance for $36. Between the money from the painting and the money collected in the buckets from audience members leaving the theatre, we raised 185.28 today. This brings our grand total to $216.28
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Auctioning Zero Hour Paintings for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
My thoughts on the current priest scandal.
The point being that when you take a man, deprive him of any kind of social romantic interaction and sexual maturity, insist that he can NEVER have these things, he panics and thinks the only solution is to enter the priesthood so that he can find solace and healing in the church.Now suppose your powers of suppression and attachment to religious authority are also strong - perhaps stronger because you feel so adrift you need something solid to cling onto in your psyche. And you know you cannot marry a woman. But you want to have status and cover as a single man. If this is the 1950s and 1960s, it's into the Church you go. You think it will cure you. In fact, it only makes you sicker because your denial is buttressed by their collective denial. And the whole thing becomes one big and deepening spiral of lies and corruption.Many of these tormented men have arrested sexual and emotional development. They have never had a sexual or intimate relationship with any other human being. Sex for them is an abstraction, a sin, not an interaction with an equal. And their sexuality has been frozen at the first real moment of internal terror: their early teens. So they tend to be attracted still to those who are in their own stage of development: teenage boys. And in their new positions, they are given total access to these kids who revere them for their power.So they use these children to express themselves sexually. They barely see these children as young and vulnerable human beings, incapable of true consent. Because they have never had a real sexual relationship, have never had to deal with the core issue of human equality and dignity in sex, they don't see the children as victims. Like the tortured gay man, Michael Jackson, they see them as friends. They are even gifted at interacting with them in non-sexual ways. One theme you find in many of these stories is that until these screwed up priests' abuse and molestation is revealed, they often have a great reputation as pastors. As emotionally developed as your average fourteen year old wanting to be loved, they sublimate a lot of their lives into clerical service. But they also act out sexually all the time.
But what they actually encounter, inside, is an even more rigid authoritarian system where sexuality is even more hidden and covered up and not talked about.
Are these people actually pedophiles in the classic way we think of pedophiles? I believe the gay community, which avoids this subject like the plague, too easily labels them as such in order to say, "Well, they're NOT one of us!" Because, indeed, they aren't. The rest of us went on to create actual adult relationships, even though our psycho-sexual adolescence is usually postponed until our 20s, when we can get out of high school and our parents' homes.
The church has, indeed, covered up these sins/crimes. But did they do it because, since so many of them are also closeted homosexuals, hounded into the ministry by the rules of the 50s and 60s? Would these men have possibly otherwise, had the sexual revolution happened for them, never gone into the priesthood in the first place?
I kinda think so.
Sure, we can say that an adult is responsible for his own actions. But it's the closet and the demonization of homosexuality that is most probably at the root cause of most of these "old" molestations to begin with.
Deprive a human being of a natural development, and you end up with someone whose sexuality will come out twisted. As Andrew says, I bet many of these men never really thought of themselves as molesters, nor thought of the young victims as victims. Doesn't change what they did, nor the damage they caused, nor the damage caused by the hierarchy that covered it up, but it's all human nature.
This is what happens when you tell a gay kid that he's going to hell for being gay. He can run (into the priesthood), but he can't hide. Taken as a study in human sexuality, now we know what happens.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Zero Hour in NY #13: A Walk with a Friend
Theater is Church is Theater.
A Nice (For Me) Mention in Theatermania.
The Irish Curse has neither the heart-rending character sketches of William Inge's Come Back Little Sheba nor the stirring melodies of Steve Schalchlin's musical, The Last Session to recommend it.I don't like that they had beating up on someone else's work to salute my own, but I'll take a compliment when it's offered!
And on June 23, right here in New York City, The Last Session will come roaring back to life. One night only at Theater at St. Clement's.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Saturday Morning Musing.
But it all starts with a single step. I would work up my energy to get up, and step up on one step, then step down again. And that would exhaust me for the rest of the day. But it was one step, then two steps, and then, soon, walking again.
I brought the video camera along with me, so I'll put up video soon. (She's doing much better, by the way, but she's still very weak, and she still has it in one lung). I know some of her friends and admirers read my blog. So, I'll keep you posted.
We do love having Zero Hour down at Union Square. I hope you can tell it from the videos. When I got there yesterday, the farmer's market was just shutting down, and they were selling these magnificent loaves of bread for $2.00. I got the biggest, crustiest one.
Mmm. Homemade crusty bread.
I also changed the layout of the blog, if you haven't seen it in awhile. Blogger has all these new templates. So, I took one that looks like a rock star. I'll probably change it a lot just to see what matches.
But in my heart, I'll always be a rock star.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Zero Hour Video Diary #12: A Sunday in March
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, is ZERO HOUR's 100th Off-Broadway Performance.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I Loved YANK! at the York.
Since I've never liked pastiche songs, written as if from the 40s, I approached this show with trepidation. But the score moved the show along beautifully, and though I wouldn't say the writers are in the same category as a Cole Porter, it didn't matter because, as a whole, the piece is a well-told story, directed with fluidity and magic.
The York should be very proud. A wonderful, wonderful show.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Zero Hour Video Diary #11: The Load-In
With special appearance by a huge Broadway star, one of the X-Men.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Photos Taken by NASDAQ.
Photo credit: 2009, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Jeramiah Peay, Steve Schalchlin, Jim Brochu, Kurt Peterson, Christiane Amorosia, Richard Bell
Jim Brochu rings the bell
Richard Bell, Christiane Amorosia, Producer Kurt Peterson, Jim Brochu, NASDAQ VP David Wickes,Steve Schalchlin, Jeramiah Peay
I Love New York.
A New York moment for me.
Because Piper Laurie knows Bob Osborne, we invited him to Zero Hour, and now he's Jim's biggest fan. So we invited Bob over for a small dinner party, and, on a whim, Jim sends a note to Angela Lansbury, who we do not know, but who's doing a Broadway show down the block, and invites her.
And she said YES.
And she came!
So, last night, I was sitting in my bedroom, on the bed, talking to Jerry Stiller, with Steve Ross playing the piano, while Bob and Angela are in the next room talking to Marge Champion.
Bob Osborne, Louise Hirschfeld, Marge Champion, Jim Brochu.
New York is very surreal, especially when my face is overlooking Times Square on the NASDAQ building, which is what happened earlier yesterday. (Video is coming soon!)
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Two new articles about Jim and Zero Hour
Friday, March 12, 2010
Jim Will Ring the NASDAQ Bell on Monday
A live webcast of the NASDAQ Closing Bell will be available at:http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx
Death and Life.
As we've been putting together plans for a new TLS concert performance / staged reading (June 23! Put it in your calendar!), I suddenly got several notes from him.
a dear friend of mine is VERY sick in the hospital.He's an 88 year old man who has practiced Karate for nearly 60 years !2 days ago, he went into cardiac arrest and died for 20 minutes.The doctors were able to bring him back, but he's brain damaged and theywill probably pull the plug this week. Very sad.On Monday, I told him about you and your story and that I was able to connect with you.I brought my iPod to the hospital and let him listen to "Save Me a Seat".I typed out the words for him to read along with the song. He had a tear in his eyeand he said, "You better be careful, because if I follow you home, I'm going to seeyou naked !". LOL Humor was always his way of "hiding".He asked me to leave him my iPod so he could listen to it alone.The following day, he told me that he listened to "Save me a Seat" nearly all night long.It moved him deeply. He said that he hopes his wifes spirit was at her wake and remains with him.They were married for 65 years !He told me to tell you, "Thank You for writing that beautiful song FOR HIM".Anyway, he's now in a non-responsive coma like state. It doesn't look good, but he'shanging in there. He's one hell of a tough man. I'm happy that "Save Me a Seat" wasthe last song he heard in his life. :) I'm praying for either a miraculous healing or aquick painless passing.
And, of course, that brought me right back to the death of our dear friend, Dick Remley, who also was in his death coma, but came back out of it just long enough for all of us around him to say goodbye.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
In Honor of the Oscars.
And, yeah, I loved The Hurt Locker. It was my favorite film of the year.
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Bob Osborne Mentions Jim on Turner Classic Movies
And this is what we heard...
Friday, March 05, 2010
I Enter This Battle Gravely - John Fitzgerald & Steve
Jeramy sings New World Waking.
Leading Up To Re-Opening.
It has still been very cold here, and that prevents me from doing much exploring. But, yesterday, I went over to Ed's office, grabbed the newly "sniped" poster -- meaning we took the old posters and put new information over them -- and put it up at the Polish Tea Room and at Sardi's.
Then, Jim and I went down and he did the show to a very receptive audience.
Sunday is our re-opening, but we're not doing a big party. Just a few refreshments in the lobby. Also, unlike a lot of openings, people have actually bought tickets! There'll be a few invited guests, but mostly, it'll be real people in the audience. Imagine that!
So, again, I'll be posting new video soon. Just have to find the time to cut it all together!
Ali Forney Center and Mr. Broadway 2010
Mr. Broadway 2010!
It's hard to believe that it's almost time for 2010's Broadway Beauty Pageant, pitting Broadway's hottest guys against each other to benefit The Ali Forney Center. It's an old fashioned beauty pageant with an American Idol twist.
We've just announced that the always marvelous Tovah Feldshuh will return to host for the third time. Announcements on contestants and judges are coming up, it's gonna be a great group!
Get your tickets now, starting at just $25.
This is the forth year that I've co-produced the show with my friends Jeffery Self & Wil Fisher. But, every year the pageant grows and more and more people join to help us make the night a huge success. I'm thankful to all of them!
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Jim sings at Divo Night at the Friar's Club.
Jim sang, Monday night, at Divo Night at the Friar's Club. Here are pictures from BroadwayWorld.com. He was thrilled to share the stage with Broadway legend, Len Cariou.