Craig Malisow The Death of Democracy, by Occupy Houston
Written and directed by Caleb Travis, "Who Killed Democracy?" featured former City Council candidate and OH Maven Amy Price as Lady Democracy (in a coffin), Matthew Loughran as Uncle Sam and Dustin Phipps as a pipe-smoking, trenchcoated police inspector.
Frankly, Hair Balls has grown pretty tired of the Occupy movement, so we appreciated the injection of a little theater into the proceedings, especially since the play had a sense of humor. However, the play suffered from the same overarching problem plaguing post-Civil Rights "movements"; namely, the message will not likely resonate outside the group's little bubble. This is especially true for any message that is inherently vague, and for any group that prides itself on not having a leader.
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Those were some pretty impressive dudes. One of the reasons for that was because they were true leaders. They were master tacticians who knew how to choreograph the shit out massive demonstrations; how to use the media to their advantage; how to -- dare we say it -- create a brand. Decades after their deaths, they still inspire Viera and countless others.
We enjoyed the play, but we're not sure it crystallized the brand, and it certainly didn't preach to anyone outside its choir. Which is a shame -- there's a lot of heart in Occupy Houston. We just think there needs to be a lot more direction.