Summer of Love
While John Driscoll always writes funny stuff for his Broadstreet Theatre, there’s a little more to it, as his behind-the-scenes philosophizing here reflects:
“The media constantly draw parallels between 1968 and 2008: A young, relatively unknown politician encouraging young people to participate in the political process, calls for change, an unpopular war, dissatisfaction with the current state of the nation, fears over growing corporate greed, environmental consciousness and concern over issues of social inequality that effect minorities, women and alternative lifestyles.
Though the seeds for the great social movements of the 1960s began much earlier, the summer of 1967 looms in retrospect as an iconic focal point.
And our memories of that summer are somewhat mixed.
For those who tended to cling to the status quo, the rising crime rates and increases in drug use provide fuel for their “I told you so,” message. And yet our society, if sometimes grudgingly, has become more tolerant of differences.
And many of society’s previously persecuted sub-groups do fare better now than did their counterparts back then. But the dialogue continues.
In all of our shows, we try to shine the light of laughter on human nature as we look for the soul’s truth. In our story, a pre-adolescent girl with low self-esteem and unrealistic parental expectations has had a chance encounter with Janis Joplin, herself a microcosm of society’s growing pains.
Her life forever changed, the girl, Ronnie Sprague, now forty-one years later, has staged a loving tribute to that event and to Joplin herself by re-creating the Monterey Pop Festival and the Summer of Love. To accomplish this she has managed to hire three sixty-year-old folk singers who bill themselves as The Steel Sieve Band.
With their help, and her own impersonations of male and female music legends as a backdrop, Sprague (played by Sue LeGate) hopes to reveal that Janis Joplin was ‘not just another tragic diva destroyed by fame, but an intelligent and gifted woman who deserves to be remembered for what she brought to music.’
Summer of Love offers LeGate/Joplin fans some deeper insight into the personality of this music legend as well as some extraordinary music.”
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