“Natural Shock” Performance-Presentation Outstanding in San Francisco

check out the website:
http://www.NaturalShocks.org

Review by Tony Dale.

Photograph of actress Maryssa Wanless by Tasi Alabastro.

. . . and check out the website of the playwright Lauren Gunderson, too.

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Maryssa Wanless performed the one-woman play “Natural Shocks” on Monday night at PianoFIght in San Francisco. Produced by Utopia Theatre Project, Wanless’ performance was part of a nationwide participation of theatre activism to end gun violence. Written by Lauren Gunderson, one of today’s most prolific and successful screenwriters, “Natural Shocks” is based upon Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and that famous question of “to be or not to be.”

 

Gunderson was so shocked by the recent outburst of gun violence at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that it brought to mind the gun violence almost 20 years ago at Columbine High in Littleton, Colorado. She dedicated “Natural Shocks” play to be used as vehicle to help put an end to gun violence. All royalties and fees have been waived so that any theatre group or community who wanted to put on the 65-minute monologue could do so for free.

 

Making this as an opportunity for Utopia Theatre Project to not only raise funds for EveryTown for Gun Safety, a non-profit working to end gun violence, but also as a way for people to discuss this pressing issue.

 

The mood on Monday night at PianoFight was intense as the audience hung on every word that Wanlass powerfully delivered. Despite the play’s serious subject matter, humor at times prevailed.

 

Since Gunderson’s release of her play, performances and staged readings of “Natural Shocks” have been performed in many places all over the nation. Gunderson’s aim was to have it performed in all 50 states.

 

Wanless is the Artistic Director of Utopia Theatre Project and she has this to say, “I believe theatre is transformative because it has transformed me and the people I work with on a daily basis. Theatre asks its audiences and participants to extend their thinking beyond themselves and step into the experience of another person.”

 

After Wanlass was finished her thought-provoking performance there was a “Q & A” with the audience in which also included Director, Laura Jane Bailey.

 

While the venue at PianoFight only holds 50 people, the ability for important subjects and issues to be presented in an intimate theatrical space makes an impact. Utopia Theatre Project was founded in 2014 by emerging Japanese-American playwright, Anne Yumi Kobori because she believes in artist-produced live theatre as a unique and powerful form of human connection using the theatrical art form to invoke social change through the telling of non-traditional stories.

 

“Natural Shocks” is the fourth production in Utopia’s inaugural season and is certainly a unique theatrical experience. Yet, even more so is the fact that this was history in the making using theater as a form of social activism.

 

For more information about “Natural Shocks” at Utopia Theatre Project visit: UtopiaTheatreProject.com and for more about the project, “Natural Shocks” visit: https://www.naturalshocks.org

 

 

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Maryssa Wanless performed the one-woman play “Natural Shocks” on Monday night at PianoFIght in San Francisco. Produced by Utopia Theatre Project, Wanless’ performance was part of a nationwide participation of theatre activism to end gun violence. Written by Lauren Gunderson, one of today’s most prolific and successful screenwriters, “Natural Shocks” is based upon Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and that famous question of “to be or not to be.”

Wanlass Headshot by Tasi Alabastro.JPG

Gunderson was so shocked by the recent outburst of gun violence at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that it brought to mind the gun violence almost 20 years ago at Columbine High in Littleton, Colorado. She dedicated “Natural Shocks” play to be used as vehicle to help put an end to gun violence. All royalties and fees have been waived so that any theatre group or community who wanted to put on the 65-minute monologue could do so for free.

Making this as an opportunity…

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Sheriff Department Accused of Police Brutality of Senior, Disabled Man Inside Redwood City Jail

White, elderly, disabled man beaten by Sheriffs in San Mateo (CA)

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO

DAVID A. DAILEY

Plaintiff,

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Case No.: 1 8   C I V  0 1 7 3 3

 

COMPLAINT

HEARING DATE:  August 9, 2018

 

TIME:   9:00 a.m.

 

DEPT:   21

Judge:   To be determined

 

CAUSE OF ACTION(S)

In violation of California Penal Code Section 15385, County jailhouse officers brutally used excessive force injuring the Plaintiff.

Pursuant to California Government Code Sections 8201 and 8216, the County Sheriff and County Health System unlawfully detained, mistreated, and handled the Plaintiff.

The Plaintiff alleges Defendants severely injured and failed to provide prudent medical attention.

Proper medical attention was not offered at both the jailhouse and…

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Resolutions?!? Smitheroochians

Why make resolutions that cannot be achieved?!? Thus, I am picking good things that are achievable (although numbered, these are in no particular order or priority; they are all important). Here are my eighteen resolutions for 2018:
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1. Just once, when I get a bad haircut . . . be HONEST and tell the hairdresser so.

2. We can be proud about our own and loved ones’ HUMILITY. This has worked for the Dalia Lama, Buddha, and Jesus Christ.

3. TRY to make a good habit = a No Fault Attitude. Practice apologizing, even when I am not at fault. If I do it three times, it may become a habit.
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4. LOVE one another more. Encourage two pairs of people to develop a more caring relationship.

5. Keep in mind my own SAFETY. As a reminder, look at my four fingers and thumb to ‘fight to save’ all five digits.

6. Pick Six . . . Do something good for a FAMILY member that is unsolicited.

7. Accept LUCK. If 7 isn’t my lucky number, obtain a new one.

8. Use the good SENSES I have going for me. Common sense is one, too. What if I went blind tomorrow? Continuing practice walking in the dark or doing simple tasks with my eyes closed.

9. Do not go more than one day in-a-row without prayer, thanks, or meditation.

10. Perform random acts of KINDNESS at least ten times in 2018. Keep track of them but don’t tell others in order to get credit.

11. Be a better sport. CELEBRATE at least eleven times this year after my favorite team loses. This is achievable because my favorite teams lose often.

12. GIVE UP something I like for a week; Once a month.

13. GAIN 13 pounds. Last fall, I was more than 20 pounds underweight.

14. E – E – E – E. Eat and exercise every day. This should be EASY.

15. Reduce ‘Dumb Phone’ use. Go a couple days without phoning or texting my best friend (of course, warn them ahead so as to not generate ‘any bad blood).

16. BUILD on Teamwork. Once and a while, ask for help even if I do not need it.

17. LEARN two new ways to cope with pain.

18. Remain OPTIMISTIC even though the POTUS behaves poorly, those around me do not experience success, and those close to us pass away.

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Holidays this Monday, March 13

There are at least six holidays to choose from and celebrate Monday:

  • National Napping Day (useful with the new daylight savings time)
  • Earmuffs Day (comes in handy with heavy snows in the East and Midwest)
  • Jewel Day (sounds like it could be expensive)
  • K-9 Veterans’ Day (“arf, arf”)
  • Open an Umbrella Indoors Day (watch out) or
  • National Good Samaritan Day

Whatever your pleasure, have a terrific Monday!

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President Trump is Acting Like John Adams

Similarly to the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, the chief executive is limiting immigration and mobilizing deportation.

The Alien and Sedition Acts were four bills passed by the Federalist-dominated 5th United States Congress and signed into law by President John Adams in 1798.[1] They made it harder for an immigrant to become a citizen (Naturalization Act), allowed the president to imprison and deport non-citizens who were deemed dangerous (Alien Friends Act of 1798)[2] or who were from a hostile nation (Alien Enemy Act of 1798),[3] and criminalized making false statements that were critical of the federal government (Sedition Act of 1798).[4]

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The Federalists argued that the bills strengthened national security during an undeclared naval war with France. Critics argued that they were primarily an attempt to suppress voters who disagreed with the Federalist party, and violated the right of freedom of speech in the First Amendment.[5] Three of the acts were repealed after the Democratic-Republican party of Thomas Jefferson came to power. But the Alien Enemies Act remained in effect, was revised and codified in 1918 for use in World War I, and was used by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to imprison Japanese, German, and Italian aliens during World War II. Following cessation of hostilities, the act was used by President Harry S. Truman to continue to imprison, then deport, aliens of the formerly hostile nations. In 1948 the Supreme Court determined that presidential powers under the acts continued after cessation of hostilities until there was a peace treaty with the hostile nation. The revised Alien Enemies Act remains in effect today.

~ Source Wikipedia

Christmas / Holiday Tree Lighting 12/2/2016 in Southern County of San Mateo

Eyewitness Report:

    1. it is so cold, parents are telling their kids they will buy them 2 gallons of ice cream and they can keep it outside overnight; it is so cold, Mayor M. Mueller took a piss on one of the undecorated trees and his urine froze BEFORE it hit the trunk of the tree: it is so cold, that former Mayor Catherine “Let them eat cake” Carlton’s nipples froze and then her falsies fell out of her brazeriere; it was so so cold tonight, the reception of the City of Menlo Park Police was warmer than the ambient air temperature in the County of south San County of San Mateo.
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      This tree was officially lit up – hundreds of kids were fooled that they were going to push the ON switch – at 6:46:30 p.m. PST in historic Fremont Park. some women thought the tree was decorated with lights better than last (2015) year… they used fewer lights and did not put any at the TOP of one of the main redwood trees which had not been watered for over 6 months and did not receive any tree-surgeon services… go figure… 45 degree heat before 7 p.m., 6 MPH winds, some spiritied non – Christian caroling on-stage… plenty of powdered hot chocolate and a fake Santa Claus breakfast promised in the morning… Merry Christmastime!!! ~ from a warm chair across the street at Peet’s Coffee and Tea Shop #2 ~ Buck Dailey


Medi-Cal and “Obama-Care” Hassling Sick Writer in Nor Cali

Just wondering why my care “runs out” tomorrow . . .

 

Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center with Personal Health Crises 11/11/2016

at Cedar Crest, Sunnyvale / Generations Healthcare

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VISION = NEAR-SIGHTED ASTIGMATISM

No corrective lenses

PSYCHOLOGICAL

Tuesdays 9:00 therapy at PAMF with Dr. Link

NUTRITION

Bought vitamins last week

UNDER-WEIGHT

Target  Post-Bariatric surgery = 187; currently less than 167

HYPERTENSION

NOT taking 3 meds. normally prescribed

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Next visit with Dr. Peter Wu on 12-2-2016 at PAMF

BROKEN HAND

Cast to remain on until Friday, November 18, 2016

G I ISSUES

 

ALLERGIES

No antihistamines administered since left El Camino Hospital

ASTHMA

not taking Q-Var as done by self daily

PNEUMONIA

RECOVERED after 5 days of hosp. Treatments at El Camino, Mt. View 10-28 to  11-2-16; 5th case since 2003

LUNG BLOOD CLOTS & FRACTALS

Developed October 12; lung/lower ribs sore again today 11-13-2016

FEVERS 4 TIMES,  LAST DURING EVENING OF SAT. NOV. 12TH

EAR, NOSE & THROAT

  • Could see Dr. Melinda Moir at PAMF; 
  • Had hoarseness since Sept. 30th; 
  • Wish to sing with Tongan SFoA EPA Choir on Christmas Eve, Menlo Church   Chancel Choir on Christmas Eve Eve, and Christmas morning with John & Co.  At St. Raymond’s Menlo Park

FEET; MUST make appt. To see DR. KRIS at PAMF

BAD KNEES MUST SEE DR. JAMES HARTMAN AT PAMF

After Thanksgiving, 3 injections planned

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Needed for back: 8 degenerative discs = 2 cervical, 4 thoracic, 2 lumbar

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Needed for week after cast is removed by PAMF’s Dr. Edward Moon

I’m SICK OF AGGRAVATION BY CERTAIN STAFF MEMBERS

  1. Lydia,  Jonathon LVN, Cynthia,  Marvi,  Argh,  

KUDOS FOR STAFF “BIG HELPERS” AT CEDAR CREST, SUNNYVALE

 = Station One RN s late p.m./early a.m. and LVN s, like Miss  Hermila and Ranvir 

HYPOTHYROID

  Abborrent levels of hormone affect both mood and metabolism

DENTAL HEALTH

Poor according to UCSF Student Clinic; Nine (9) cavities; very high Medi-Cal  share of cost due

DISABLED AND WITHOUT SERVICE DOG FOR MORE THAN 4 YEARS

Latest dog Teddy passed away in June 2012; no one has been identified to offer  a trained nor untrained for free or for full-cost; Teddy’s cost from the breeder  in Sebastopol was $8,500 plus licensing and vet fees when purchased in  January 2008

 

#1 Complaints / Potential Grievances =

  1. No Exit Conference on 11-11-2016 with feasible or realistic futures for patient/client/Medicare + Medi-Cal recipient; informed of discharge late in the afternoon on a state and national holiday,
  2. Never an introductory Care Conference conducted with patient/ resident – – 2 scheduled but none held,
  3. Three times confronted by Nursing staff to sign ‘outlandish’ legal document to discharge own sick, feverish body back on-to-the streets,
  4. At Cedar Crest since 11-2-2016; many routinely taken Rx medicines not administered, i.e. Omeprezole, 3 blood pressure meds, Levsin/ Hyoscyamine Sulfate, unable to get Maalox
  5. I was only offered one shower between 11-2 and 11-13-2016