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Oiligarchy! A Comic Tragedy (english)
15 Mar 2003
A tragic comedy about love, loss and addiction. Our show includes puppetry, poetry and music about petroleum- petroleum history, its alternatives, and its ties to war.
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A tragic comedy about love, loss and addiction. Our show includes puppetry, poetry and music about petroleum- petroleum history, its alternatives, and its ties to war.
OILIGARCHY: A Comic Tragedy about Love, Loss and Addiction

The Liberty Cabbage Theatre Revival, a collectively run political theatre troupe based in Western Massachusetts, continues their commitment to performance-based popular education with their new show Oiligarchy.

"Oiligarchy is a tragic comedy about love, loss and addiction. Our show includes puppetry, poetry and music about petroleum- petroleum history, its alternatives, and its ties to war," said Charlotte Capogna, a member of the troupe.

Some highlights from the show include: an interpretive dance about the geological formation of petroleum; a puppet show about the history of petroleum use from waterproofing Noah's ark to today's automobile use; and a satirical skit about the way people relate to each other while driving.

Poetry and slides are woven into the performance, highlighting the relationship between U.S. oil consumption, patriarchy, and war. The show concludes with alternatives to the current social and political crisis, including biodiesel, hydrogen power, bicycle lanes, improved public transportation, direct democracy and global resistance movements.

The show was written this winter by five women from the Liberty Cabbage Theatre Revival, all of whom will perform in the show. "We began by asking ourselves some questions," explains Elisabeth Weaver. "Why is petroleum our most common source of energy? How and when were successful modes of public transit such as street cars replaced by automobiles and highways? Are there viable alternatives? When did the United States begin fighting resource wars?"

The troupe's extensive research included reading Shell Corporation literature from the 1940's, petroleum industry guides and geology textbooks; studying 19th century European puppetry techniques; and befriending a local biodiesel producer. Stories and slides were collected from local Western Massachusetts activists who have recently traveled to Nigeria, Colombia, Ecuador, Southern Mexico and Iraq.

MARCH SCHEDULE

Sat, 3/15, 7pm Northampton, MA
First Churches, corner Main & Center St, enter on Center St.

Sun, 3/16, 8pm Providence, RI
Monohasset Mill, 532 Kinsley Ave., Cabin 2

Mon, 3/17, 7pm Boston, MA
Lucy Parsons Ctr., 549 Columbus Ave, (617) 267-6272

Tues, 3/18, 8pm Poughkeepsie, NY
ChildrenŐs Media Project, 21 Academy St. (845) 485-2337

Wed, 3/19, 7pm Kingston, PA
Tudor Bookshop, 651 Wyoming Ave, (570) 288-9601

Thur, 3/20, 8pm Millersville, PA
Millersville Univ., McComsey Auditorium, (717)687-0338

Fri, 3/21, 8pm Philadelphia, PA
Calvary Church,48th & Baltimore Ave, W. Philly;
take the #34 green line trolly to 48th street

Sat, 3/22, 8pm New York, NY
Blue Stockings, 172 Allen St, (212) 777-6028
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