July 25, 2016
Larry Tye is the author of "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon" I know the Democratic nominee has a lot on her mind as she prepares to accept her party's coronation. But as she hones her theme for the Clinton-for-President general election campaign, I suggest she look for inspiration from the White House bid of half a century ago by a Democrat she says she adores. In the mid-1960s, America was undergoing social and political upheaval that seems eerily familiar today.
July 20, 2016 |
I'd like to think the folks attending the Democratic National Convention next week will spend every minute of the day doing intense politicking at the Wells Fargo Center. But I'm willing to bet a few visiting dignitaries, delegates, and volunteers also will strike out to explore the city. My fellow Philadelphians are betting on it, too: Just about every arts and cultural organization in town has an event, exhibit, or performance planned. Here's a taste of what the city will have to offer.
July 12, 2016 |
The New City Stage Company's Roseburg , running through July 31 at the Adrienne Theater Second Stage, is a play about gun control, set in the 1960s, when great figures are being assassinated and Stokely Carmichael, ironically a former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, is encouraging the disenfranchised and marginalized to take up arms. It is a fever dream of political theater, and its timeliness is eerily unsettling. Ginger Dayle writes and directs, with Russ Widdall acting as Bobby Kennedy (as he did in New City's RFK )
July 8, 2016 |
Philadelphia playwright Ginger Dayle was eager for her actors to learn all they could about guns and gun control before they staged Roseburg , her new political drama about gun violence in America. The New City Stage Company production opens Saturday at the Adrienne Theater after a two-day preview Thursday and Friday. The play, which closes July 31, will devote one of its closing nights to an audience of delegates from the Democratic National Convention. Dayle said that, to prepare, her cast of nine actors read about mass shootings from Columbine to the Orlando massacre and brushed up on legislative history.
February 1, 2016 |
Ask me which news events I remember most from 1968, and I will say the assassinations of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. But today's presidential race also evokes memories from my sophomore year in high school of Eugene McCarthy, whose youth movement in many respects resembles what we're seeing with the wave of young idealists propelling the Bernie Sanders campaign. Conventional wisdom says Sanders will meet the same fate as McCarthy when a nominee is finally chosen in July at the Democratic National Convention here in Philadelphia.
September 4, 2014 |
Our hearts broke when we found out that Arnold Schwarzenegger not only had two-timed wife Maria Shriver with their maid but actually had a child with her. And we were befuddled. How could he do this to Maria - I mean, she's a Kennedy ! Perhaps our sympathies were wasted. The New York Post claims Shriver has had a long-term lover of her very own, even though last month she began passing him off as a new boyfriend. That'd be Matthew Dowd , 53, a political correspondent for ABC News whom Shriver took as her date to cousin Bobby Kennedy 's wedding last month.
August 12, 2013 |
Forrest Gump was fantasy. Zelig was fantasy. But Lee Daniels' The Butler is real: the story of a man, an African American, who witnessed history, who served under eight presidents by, literally, serving them - bringing them tea and coffee and cocktails, overseeing state dinners, attending to the needs of the most powerful figures in the world. His name was Eugene Allen. He went to work in the White House in 1952, when Harry S. Truman was commander-in-chief, and retired in 1986, when Ronald Reagan occupied the Oval Office.
July 30, 2013 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - November will bring a slew of JFK-related programming for the 50th anniversary of the president's assassination, but, so far, only one program I know of is identifying a Secret Service agent as a second shooter who accidentally fired the fatal shot. It's not the first time that the agent, the late George Hickey, has been named as the shooter: One contributor to the documentary, Bonar Menninger, identified Hickey as the shooter in his 1992 book, Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK , and was sued by him in 1995 (too late to avoid the statute of limitations, though St. Martin's Press did pay Hickey "a nominal sum," said Menninger, to forestall an appeal)
October 10, 2012 |
The history play RFK , which opened Saturday, is special in several ways. Unlike most one-person plays, its two acts feel genuine, not like the usual forced conversation with unearned extremes. Also, it puts us easily into another era - with time-machine force. And it's exceptionally well performed, by Russ Widdall, co-artistic director of New City Stage Company, the play's producer. Widdall does not look like Robert F. Kennedy, the man he inhabits for two hours on the Adrienne Theatre's Second Stage, but he sounds and moves like him - or at least like the general memory of him, which is almost as good as the real thing.
September 3, 2009
By William C. Kashatus Last weekend, while Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was being laid to rest, I visited the grave of Mary Jo Kopechne, the 28-year-old woman who was killed when a car driven by Kennedy plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. I visited Kopechne's grave to honor her memory and the potential that was lost on that summer evening 40 years ago. Kopechne is buried at St. Vincent's Cemetery, on Larksville Mountain in Luzerne County, Pa., just a few miles from her hometown, Forty Fort.