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Kentucky Premiere of Tesla’s Letters

by on Sep.26, 2015, under Politics, Theatre

Paige Neeley as Daisy and Brandon McCoy as Zoran. Photo via The Richmond Register.

I was flattered to hear that my play Tesla’s Letters , which world premiered Off Broadway to rave reviews in 1999, is in production at Eastern Kentucky University, directed by Jeffery Boord-Dill. Break a leg, y’all.

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Sydney Marks at Biljana And Baxter Wilhelm as Dragan. Photo via the Eastern Progress.

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Beautiful Zion: The Interview

by on Aug.11, 2011, under The Press, The Sixth Boro, Theatre

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Interviewer Kristen Scatton of Rep Radio in Philadelphia wound up deftly getting me to talk about some things that weren’t even on my agenda, like my feelings about NYU Tisch School of the Arts, being taught and strongly encouraged by David Ives, my adventures with Tesla, Ouija Boards, death and why everything is not going to be okay, reflecting on why I never moved to LA, and a call-to-arms to Philadelphia filmmakers.  Oh and there’s also my upcoming Philly Fringe show Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead directed by Dan Student. 

Many thanks to Kristen for joining me in the Blue Grotto for the interview during a rehearsal break. Listen now.

 

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All’s Fair in Love and War

by on Dec.22, 2010, under Politics

If you can’t beat ‘em, harvest their organs. I was already appalled that Bill Clinton decided in 1999 to have the US serve as Osama Bin Laden’s air force and support the Kosovo Liberation Army (AP/USA Today, 1999), a terrorist organization which funded its arms and training through the heroin smuggling trade (FAIR, 1999) and which forcibly recruited  some of  Kosovo’s young men (The Independent, UK, 1999) to take up arms and join them in their war of secession from Yugoslavia,  and I was appalled that Clinton had used as his pretext for bombing Europe for the first time since WW II the KLA-faked “mass grave” at Racak (Toronto Sun/Centre for Peace in the Balkans, 2001) . I was equally appalled by the US media’s one-sided coverage of the Kosovo conflict because it suited our own geopolitical plans in Europe. With the USSR gone, Yugoslavia was the last of the Eastern Bloc, and communism in Europe simply had to go.

On the other hand one can hardly blame any Albanian or Bosnian Muslim or Croatian Catholic for wanting to break free of  violent Serbian Orthodox Christian ultra-nationalism under gangsters like Milosevic and his immediate predecessors, but I didn’t know just how ugly the fundraising had been within the KLA’s so-called liberation movement.  Often in war it’s hard to choose the “good” side and justify in your heart which innocent civilians are the most expendable, eh? (see Tesla’s Letters).

But that’s what the media’s for, to get us all whipped up and cheering for “our” team like the whole thing’s a big football game, and to keep us from examining matters too closely. Even now the US and its Western European allies are bent on suppressing some dirty little truths about the Kosovo conflict, and once again the mainstream media has gone missing, aside from the Washington Post so far.   To bad Julian Assange wasn’t around in ’99.  And now here’s the story from Julia Goren at the Huffington Post

Coverup on Serbian-Organ Harvesting: ‘Pro-American’ Kosovo Prime Minister Thaci Oversaw the Scheme

by Julia Goren, huffingtonpost.com

Switzerland has gagged one its Ambassadors from promoting a controversial [2008] book about war crimes in the former Yugoslavia. Carla Del Ponte, who prosecuted crimes at The Hague [and authored the 2009 book Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with Humanity’s Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity], claims some current Kosovo leaders once sold vital organs from Serb prisoners…

The Hunt by Carla Del Ponte

The book, The Hunt: Me and War Criminals, was due to be launched in Milan. It details atrocities committed by Albanians against Kosovo Serbs in the late 1990s and says that some of those currently in power in Kosovo made money selling Serb organs.

…Del Ponte’s book tells, in particular, about the obstructions she had to surmount “in her attempts to prosecute people guilty of the war crimes, committed during the armed conflicts in the Balkans in the nineties”… “Carla Del Ponte’s book on her work as Chief Prosecutor of the Hague Tribunal contains statements which are impermissible for a representative of the government of Switzerland,” Spokesman for the Swiss Foreign Department Jean-Philippe Jeannerat stated…

Kosovo's Prime Minister/alleged organ harvesting entrepreneur Thaci

The Kosovo Liberation Army’s veteran leader, Hashim Thaci, now Kosovo’s prime minister, in the mid-1990s spent time in Switzerland, a centre for radical Albanian emigre circles, where he mysteriously acquired funds for the KLA.

Serbian press reported the organ scheme worth about four million euros was (continue reading…)

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Tesla’s Letters Now on Kindle

by on Oct.18, 2010, under Theatre

The cool kids in the programming department at amazon.com have come up with a unique way for authors whose works are available on the Kindle to share their opening pages, so here’s an excerpt from Tesla’s Letters.  You don’t need to own a Kindle to view it.  This new app for reading Kindle-formatted books right in your browser without owning a Kindle is, understandably, a marketing tool to get you to want to buy a real Kindle and download the whole book. And that’s okay.  It’s only a Kindle, and they’re cool.

A word to the wise — *do not* buy a hard copy of Tesla’s Letters from one of the resellers on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com listing it for exhorbitant amounts like $43.00, $100, etc.  There are some unscrupulous jackasses operating through those websites trying to rip you off.  You can buy this script directly from Samuel French or download the Kindle version from amazon.com for just $7.50, and at a similar price in Euros from amazon.co.uk.  Enjoy.

If you’re not familiar with the play, it’s a semiautobiographical wartime drama set in the late 1990s Balkans with unfortunately (continue reading…)

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