Matt & Ben

Recently I have found myself typing a paper for one of my Journalism classes about an upcoming theatre production at my school titled “Matt & Ben.” Through my research and writing, I’m in shock that I have never stumbled upon this work before hand.

The play was originally produced in 2003 and was written by the fiery Mindy Kaling and talented Brenda Withers. The two women attended Dartmouth together and soon found themselves starring in a play they wrote about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The satirical portrayal of the actors was first showcased at the ACME Comedy Theatre in Hollywood, California.

The play tells the tale of two young men (Affleck and Damon) as they attempt to write a screen play about Catcher In the Rye. However, when an unexpected envelope literally falls from the sky containing the script to “Good Will Hunting,” the two are thrown into a whirlwind of emotions and daydreams about who will get the part. Aside from the script sent from heaven, the play contains witty humor, abounding knowledge of 1990’s pop culture, and abnormal casting which in the end aids to the ridiculousness of the entire play.

While Kaling and Withers are off to bigger and better things in their careers. Matt & Ben can still be experienced in your local theater scenes. To any aspiring actresses looking for an fun show to perform, Matt & Ben might just be for you.

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Remembering Carrie Fisher

“I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art” – Carrie Fisher

Today the world lost one of its greatest talents: Carrie Fisher, a woman so talented, vulnerable, and truly hilarious. She has inspired many individuals throughout history to be honest, driven, and to chase their dreams. Her life was art as she wished it to be and her legacy will far outlive her short life. Carrie, you will be missed immensely and your quick wit and sarcasm will continue alongside your legacy. Thank you and may the force be with you.

Cinematic Insensitivity?

     In a society that prides itself on freedom of speech and thought, creativity is actively celebrated. However, when is creativity more detrimental to the audience than entertaining? This thought came to me as I saw a newsreel discussing the newly released “Patriots Day” starring Mark Wahlberg portraying the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. I was initially surprised by the film as I hadn’t heard anything advised about the film. My second reaction was one of defense as the terrorist attack was only three short years ago and the trauma of an event like that doesn’t simply fade away for the victims and their families.

    Now I have not seen the film or heavily researched it but from what I know, none of the money profited from the film will be given to those affected by the tragedy. I have also noticed the film has received mixed reviews. The question I wish to pose is: what is the acceptable waiting period between a tragic event and a media outlet creatively interpreting this event to turn some sort of profit? As a journalist I understand the importance of telling stories and informing/honoring people and events, but when is too soon and when can creative non-fiction truly influential?

    So while I’ve never seen “Patriots Day” I personally think the movie is coming coming out too soon and is entirely unnecessary. The marathon bombing is still fresh in this country and to create a movie about the occurrence seems like a weak attempt to inspire and retell a story. However, I do not wish to speak for any of the victims and their families… I would love to hear the opinions of anyone who has seen the movie and/or what your thoughts are on this type of issue.

The Hamilton Mixtape

It’s been just over a year since the hit musical Hamilton made its Broadway debut at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York, and the shows hype has yet to die down. Within this time Hamilton has won 11 Tony awards, a Grammy, and even been honored with the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Those lucky enough to snag tickets, even if they were several thousand dollars, had the privilege to experience a cultural phenomenon. Although Lin-Manuel Miranda, the brilliant mind behind Hamilton and the initial face of Alexander on Broadway, has stepped down from his role, he isn’t quite finished with Hamilton. Miranda initially envisioned Hamilton to be a hip-hop concept album, rather than an initial stage adaptation but through the creative process the album and stage development were switched. Hamilton debuted and the rest was history, however, Miranda’s concept album is about to drop.

After months of teaser tweets and vague whispers of the album, Miranda has finally set a release date for The Hamilton Mixtape: Dec. 2, 2016. The album features songs from the hit musical, in addition to songs that never hit the stage and to make the songs unique, they are sung by artists that actively challenge and inspire the music industry today. Some of these artists include Sia, The Roots, Chance The Rapper, Queen Latifa and more. While we have to wait for the entire album to be released, Nov. 4, 2016 brought a glimpse of what’s to come: an early release of 2 songs offering a taste of the album. The 2 songs were It’s Quiet Uptown recorded by Kelly Clarkson and My Shot recorded by The Roots, Nate Ruess, Busta Rhymes, and Joell Ortiz.

Whether you are a fan of Hamilton or hip-hop, The Hamilton Mixtape has much to offer audiences as it provides a new perspective on Broadway, hip-hop, and creativity. The musical continues to inspire artists around the globe as performances slowly begin to spread from New York City. Hamilton’s Schuyler sisters were right when they sang, “How lucky we are to be alive right now!”

Hello

Hello,

To who may ever stumble upon this blog I welcome you. Starting a blog has been something I’ve always wished to do, for the purpose of sharing my thoughts so that someone may benefit from them, challenge them, or even share them. What I will write on here may be pointless, controversial, or entirely bizarre, but I hope someone may enjoy these thoughts. My posts will most likely be inconsistent, but I will always come back with something to say no matter how random it may be. If you have stumbled upon this post I hope my blog has in some way brightened your day. Keep dreaming.

-Natascha