Driving from CA to DC through southern desert country yielded incredible landscapes. Skies this blue are utterly surreal.
The City of Rocks campground in New Mexico was particularly astounding. The rock formations are million year old solidified lava and ash spread out across orange sand hills. Their weathered surface provides grips for climbing, with an expansive view of the area once you’ve reached the peak. At night sparrows fly out into the Hendrix-like purple sunset, preceding the blanket of night stars and rising moon. While walking back to the tent once it’d become too dark to keep exploring I saw a falling star for the first time in my life.
[every little thing] and “kiss & tell” are two plays from Steve Yockey’s Subculture.
True to title they press bruises of anxiety, obsession, honesty, yearning, hope and lunacy that have been traits of America’s subculture since Ginsberg’s Howl. An un-accidental reference given the pieces’ direct thematic confrontation of homosexuality and grim instability.
Yet, even in the intimate four row theatre, no one in the audience seems uncomfortable. Whether laughing or cringing, we’re made part of the stage’s catharsis by being addressed like confidants. It helps that the tension is broken between the pieces through well used music and dance.
With free tickets and parking, it’s a solid Thursday night. Also the last, so drop by CSULA’s Arena Theatre by 8:45p.m. this 26th!
Best audience response quote of the night: “He’s not going to be “Oh, Hey!” with a sledgehammer!” - Diva J.
P.S. Thanks to Jon Dubos, bottom right, for the invitation. You do crazy very believably.