Thursday, March 22, 2007

Political Theater

A theater piece.

It's composed of dialogue already in the public domain:
  • Tony Snow press conferences;
  • Congressional testimony and debate;
  • Supreme Court oral arguments on detention and torture;
  • transcripts of hearings of Guantanamo prisoners.
The idea is: theater is premised on a gap between what people say and what they really think or mean. The complexity comes (around Beckett and Pinter) when the latter is no longer transparently available to the audience.

Politics, too, is structured by this gap. Now our politics is entirely political theater. So the gap between what's being said and its impact must be staged, acted out, in kind.

The text is made freely available for anyone to stage any way they like. The suggestion is: profits go to help stopping the war.

--E. R. O'Neill

Sunday, March 18, 2007



Me. Chris Stamm.

The stages of life as framed and articulated by my haircuts throughout the years.

What did they mean? Were they successful? What haircut made me happiest?

20th Century American History, As Witnessed By Andy Rooney.

Montage of Rooney monologues.

The life of a nation as told by a grump.

Soundtrack by Philip Glass wannabe, natch.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

What If Indeed

A novel after the style of Dostoevsky--all about the main character's angst.

The twist is: he's actually a character in a video game, and a minor one at that.

Within the shallow world of the video game, what if everyone were in fact teeming with existential depth?

--E. R. O'Neill

(with thanks to Andrew and Scott)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Teen Love Story.

Helena is the high school junior who knows all the angles.

Heading into the summer before senior year, she realizes her junior boyfriend John, perhaps the cutest boy ever to attend the high school, is losing interest in her, she plans her revenge.

She breaks up with him in the nicest most 'mature' way. He's so impressed, even a little guilty-feeling.

Helena's father is a criminal attorney. She finds one of his pro bono clients--a tough teenage streetwalker named Agnes. Helena arranges probation in return for watching over Agnes.

Thus begins the Pygmalian makover to end all makeovers.

The slutty, potty-mouthed, drug-addled little girl is transformed into the image of purity, virtue and style.

When Agnes transfers to Helena and John's expensive high school in the fall as a freshman (complete with doctored transcript), everyone thinks she's from a convent school!

Helena maneuvers John into dating Agnes, and they're the biggest couple since--well, since John and Helena herself.

Everyone's impressed with how totally un-jealous Helena is. She gets major points for maturity, even though she's not dating anyone and it's her senior year.

Little do they know that at the senior prom, Helena plans on allowing Agnes's probation officer to come and find her violating her probation--she's planted a joint in Agnes's borrowed designer bag.

But when the probation officer shows up with drug-sniffing dogs, everything changes.

No one seems to care that Agnes was a skanky 'ho' only a year earlier. It's what she's done since that they care about.

No one's ashamed or embarrassed--except Helena herself.

And Helena sees how John is ready to go to jail himself on Agnes's behalf, Helena realizes John actually loves Agnes, loves her in a way Helena and John never loved each other.

So Helena takes the drug rap herself and is toted off to jail on her prom night.

She's even ready to call Daddy to come bail her out, when the whole senior class shows up with the bail money.

All's forgiven and a lot of valuable lessons were learned, plus a lot of skimpy costumes worn and dialogue spoken.

(Yes, it's a remake of Robert Bresson's Les Dames du Bois du Boulogne, which is in turn based on Denis Diderot's Jacques le Fataliste. Sue me.)

--E. R. O'Neill

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


A video installation.

Two screens.

Extended montage of every (real) New York exterior from Friends and Seinfeld on one screen.

My attempt to find these locations on the other screen.

Score by some Philip Glass wannabe, naturally.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007


A book that aims to answer this simple question: "What does it feel like to be famous?"

Consisting perhaps of interviews with celebrities that address this question.

An oral history.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

New Vodka Flavors.

Enough with the fruits--peach, lemon, whatnot.

On to the florals.




--E. R. O'Neill