The Breaking Light

Sander Hicks sander at
Thu Dec 6 16:26:23 MST 2001

THANKS! this is very heartening. you really get it, Louie.

and it was swell to meet you and talk a little.

thanks for coming out, and bringing people. I thought of the welding
machine story from Kansas City all day today at the construction job.



At 12:44 PM -0500 12/6/01, Louis Proyect wrote:
>Sander Hicks's absurdist comedy "The Breaking Light" takes ideas very
>seriously, which is unusual for the narcissistic NYC theater scene. Quoting
>Hegel, Mao-tse Tung, the prophet Isaiah, the characters engage with each
>other in a Brechtian framework but without the stilted "distancing" effect
>(mostly shouted speeches) that goes with that territory.
>The top management of a candy corporation has decided to launch a new
>product line: shitballs. Their deliberations are peppered with buzzwords
>lifted from books off the management shelf at a Barnes and Nobel. They want
>to use the latest technology and marketing techniques to market something
>that is very primordial. Their gung-ho manner reminded me of the corporate
>lawyers on "Angel," the spin-off from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," who
>during a corporate board meeting might just start to bare fangs. As bizarre
>as these figures are, they don't seem that much more so than the principals
>of Enron, the kind of company that was probably in the back of Sanders's mind.
>While they go back and forth, another set of characters are introduced. Out
>on the open road, two members of the Revolutionary Communist Party pick up
>a hitchhiker who is a Christian true-believer. Right off the bat, the three
>begin to discuss redemption and the class struggle in terms not that
>dissimilar from our discussions here.
>One of the RCPer's has a day job as motivational speaker and tends to blend
>quotations from Chairman Mao with the kinds of buzzwords the candy company
>management is fond of. When the candy moguls decide to recruit a
>motivational training consultant to help them with their new product line,
>they hire the RCP'er. But only after they have auditioned a couple of
>others, who are shot to death after being rejected. One of them is a
>donnish looking chap who quotes Baudrillard in an effort to convince them
>of the need to market shitballs in postmodernist fashion.
>Hicks is too smart and too familiar with Marxist dogma (learned and
>rejected personally) to provide any kind of didactic lessons about how to
>change the world. All of the characters are struggling with each other and
>themselves to reconcile dialectical oppositions, from god and the material
>world, to capitalism and revolution. If nothing else, this witty and
>outrageous two-act play will get you to think even more about the very
>problems that we contend with each day on the Marxism list.
>"The Breaking Light" is being shown at the Present Company Theater on
>Ludlow Street. For information, go to:
>Louis Proyect
>Marxism mailing list:


"so I say to the youth right now, don't sway to the unjust, no matter what
  they say, never give in, never give in" - Bad Brains
Sander Hicks

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