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Saturday, May 15, 2010

66 Wooster Closes August - Suzannah B. Troy

I went to see Reconstruction with my friend David and I did not love it but I liked parts of it and respected it was the writer’s way to say good bye to 66 Wooster Street  which like almost everything and everybody under the Bloomberg administration has been displaced unless you are a real estate magnate...well almost....
The theatre was open to the street so I walked up to the actors and told them I was Donald Trump and to get out because I have a big crane on the way.  They told me after I saw the play I would change my ways.  Of course the real Donald wouldn’t be discouraged from displacing anyone and blotting out the skyline....
The cast were so energized and downright fun.  We helped build the set, well just a little and practiced lines although I rewrote mine.   Audience members were called on to the stage to read lines...I guess because of budget cuts, lack funding or just to be fun.  I gather the playwright wants to make sure the audience is breathing.  I have video footage of this lively performance that had major flaws despite the wonderfully multi-talented, bi-lingual cast.   It was fun to watch people walking by and stop and watch part of the play from the street.
This cast was the largest group of happy people despite this being about the mortgage meltdown and also the closing of yet another artistic space.
Welcome to Mike Bloomberg’s hideous NY...

Threat to Terrorism Preparedness post by Suzannah B. Troy and Louis Flores

I spoke with a a long term community member about why he loved St. Vincent’s.
He said because they would not turn away anyone.  Sitting in the emergency room was like sitting in the subway.  You had rich and poor all together.   If someone was dying and they were a bad person, a really bad character, the nun’s would sit and hold his hand so he did not die alone.
He just felt they mismanaged the business end of the hospital badly.
I have been posting YouTubes filmed by an activist about the on going meetings involving St. Vincent’s and also now the communities hope to locate a hospital in St. Vincent’s place.
I have to praise Yetta Kurland who her on going role trying to save St. Vincent’s and helping the community to find a solution that would bring a hospital in it’s place.

Oliver Stone Wall Street 2 Oscars - Suzannah B. Troy

Okay, I want to be the first to say "Oscars"!  There I said it. 

Wall Street 2 will  be nominated for plenty of golden statues but will Oliver Stone clean up?   I am not selling him "short" or anything but will this film be on the level of Platoon and Wall Street? I answer all these questions in my YouTube where I share just a few memories of working on the film Wall Street.   I had the lowest non-union job possible after I got, ehem, promoted, yes, that's right;  I was promoted from one of the only women parking production assistants  to craft services.   Not really promotion by the way and I had to feed a big crew and lots of extras.  I share my first conversation with Oliver Stone which was unforgettable, hilarious and proof I can give as good as I get if not better. Oliver returned to NYC to film part 2 and I past the set and inquired after him.  They told me he was huddled in a hotel with bodyguards.  Yikes!   The controversial movie director has his fans and also his haters. 

I am not a fan of his politics but Platoon was deeply moving and I saw it on my day off while working on Wall Street (1).   At one point we were working 6 days a week because as I recall they were afraid there was going to be a writer's strike or something. I tell you about Charlie Sheen and a very sad memory for me now looking back having to run to the World Trade Center to pick up something for Charlie and I did not want to go on the errand.  It is really heart breaking for me to look back now and talk about that the WTC which by the way was a symbol for "World Trade" whether you are pro or con but it is now an open wound still not near healing or near completion.   Sept. 11 was mass murder and mass destruction so it gives one perspective so let us switch to happy Hollywood thoughts french style.... Bravo for all the fanfare at Cannes Film Festival with uber glamour and the exciting opening of Wall Street 2.  I can't get any reports on whether the film was well received or not.  I have a unique take on the film and whether it will do well that may or may not surprise you and I hit on the news two days ago when President Obama was snubbed here in NYC at a mega-bucks fund democratic fund raiser by Wall Street including Goldman Sachs.  Hear why I think this and other factors will effect Wall Street 2 at the box office.  Watch my YouTube!

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