Harvey by Mary Chase at Riverfront Playhouse

Need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift?  We’ve got the perfect idea.  Writers Forum is selling tickets to the play “Harvey” by Mary Chase.  The play will be performed at Riverfront Playhouse on Wednesday, February 11th at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $20 each and all proceeds benefit the Writers Forum Scholarship Fund.  To purchase tickets, please email writersforumpresident@gmail.com or writersforumtreasurer@gmail.com.  We’ve got just a handful of tickets left, so don’t miss out on the fun!

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the storyline of “Harvey”:

Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter Myrtle Mae from future embarrassment. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. The young, handsome, and very flirtatious Dr. Sanderson commits Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When Elwood shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood’s delusion has had a strange influence on the staff, including sanitarium director Dr. Chumley. Only just before Elwood is to be given an injection that will make him into a “perfectly normal human being, and you know what bastards they are!” (in the words of a taxi cab driver who has become involved in the proceedings) does Veta realize that she’d rather have Elwood the same as he’s always been — carefree and kind — even if it means living with Harvey.

Still not convinced?  Here’s Jim Parsons in “Harvey”:

Harvey by Mary Chase at Riverfront Playhouse

Looking for something fun to do in the new year?  We’ve got the perfect idea.  Writers Forum is selling tickets to the play “Harvey” by Mary Chase.  The play will be performed at Riverfront Playhouse on Wednesday, February 11th at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $20 each and all proceeds benefit the Writers Forum Scholarship Fund.  To purchase tickets, please email writersforumpresident@gmail.com or writersforumtreasurer@gmail.com.  Better yet, buy your tickets at the January 10th Writers Forum meeting.  Tickets purchased at the Writers Forum meeting are only 2 for $30-what a steal!

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the storyline of “Harvey”:

Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter Myrtle Mae from future embarrassment. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. The young, handsome, and very flirtatious Dr. Sanderson commits Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When Elwood shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood’s delusion has had a strange influence on the staff, including sanitarium director Dr. Chumley. Only just before Elwood is to be given an injection that will make him into a “perfectly normal human being, and you know what bastards they are!” (in the words of a taxi cab driver who has become involved in the proceedings) does Veta realize that she’d rather have Elwood the same as he’s always been — carefree and kind — even if it means living with Harvey.

Still not convinced?  Here’s Jim Parsons in “Harvey”:

Harvey by Mary Chase at Riverfront Playhouse

Need a last minute Christmas gift?  We’ve got the perfect idea.  Writers Forum is selling tickets to the play “Harvey” by Mary Chase.  The play will be performed at Riverfront Playhouse on Wednesday, February 11th at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $20 each and all proceeds benefit the Writers Forum Scholarship Fund.  To purchase tickets, please email writersforumpresident@gmail.com or writersforumtreasurer@gmail.com.  You can also leave a comment with your contact information and we’ll be sure to get your tickets to you in time for Christmas.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the storyline of “Harvey”:

Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter Myrtle Mae from future embarrassment. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. The young, handsome, and very flirtatious Dr. Sanderson commits Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When Elwood shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood’s delusion has had a strange influence on the staff, including sanitarium director Dr. Chumley. Only just before Elwood is to be given an injection that will make him into a “perfectly normal human being, and you know what bastards they are!” (in the words of a taxi cab driver who has become involved in the proceedings) does Veta realize that she’d rather have Elwood the same as he’s always been — carefree and kind — even if it means living with Harvey.

Still not convinced?  Here’s Jim Parsons in “Harvey”:

 

Writers Forum Scholarship Winner: Anthony Carrasco

Happy Saturday!  Perhaps you, too, were one of those kids who faithfully traipsed into the living room in your pajamas every Saturday morning to watch your comic book superheroes come to life in the form of Saturday morning cartoons.  Today we feature 2014 high school graduate Anthony Carrasco’s winning essay looking at superheroes through the lens of mythology.  Congratulations, Anthony!

Avenging Mythology

by Anthony Carrasco

The silver screen is red with blood. The human soul is splattered on the cinematic canvas; desires, feelings, and ideas are placed vulnerably in front of the viewer, with hands open for judgment. Within our society, one of the most craved film genres are superhero films. Why do the multitudes, from many age ranges, flock to the midnight premiers of these blockbuster behemoths? Perhaps it is more than just the cool special effects that hook us; perhaps the line that has us snagged is an eternal craving for mythology.

My hankering for a better understanding of why heroes are so popular occurred when I caught some scenes from The Incredible Hulk, 2008. The main antagonist in the film was named Abomination, which struck my interest. The word abomination is very connotative and fit the character’s outer and inner qualities. Perhaps this title was not given to him solely on account of his grotesque nature but also on account of being symbolic of a greater force. In comic books, ambiguous and provocative names are often given to super heroes and super villains alike. Heavily loaded names, such as Doctor Doom, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Nightcrawler, and Darkside, feed the case that these heroes are themselves symbolic of larger ideas, institutions, and myths.

Mythology might be the deep attractive force that pulls so many in to Marvel megahits. When watching The Incredible Hulk, I couldn’t help but draw connections between Bruce Banner and Hercules. Still, there are many differences between comic book heroes and the heroes of ancient myths. One of the richest is the origin of their powers. The Greek heroes, such as Hercules gained their powers from the gods, but our modem-day heroes gain their powers from science.

Perhaps this in itself says something. In the past divinity bestowed power, but now in a society that has replaced god with science, technology bestows power. A radioactive spider bite makes Spider-Man, the Iron Man suit technology creates Iron Man, gamma rays produce the Hulk, and the super solider serum gives rise to Captain America. Thor, previously the Norse god of thunder, is now portrayed as a dimensional traveler. The only outlier is Superman; however, the whole concept of coming from space feeds the space-technology genre.

Superheroes have a lot of similarities to Greek myths. Iron Man, a flying metallic force that hurls bolt-like beams, resembles Zeus; Aqua Man has a semblance to Poseidon; the human torch and Hawkeye have many similarities to Apollo. Just like the Greeks admired the heroes and wanted to emulate their character traits, we admire our heroes and wish to emulate their character traits. In Hindu religion the heroes were the gods in human form and the paragons of ideal citizens. Today we wish to share in the superheroes’ traits of honor, bravery, and altruism. Perhaps superheroes are symbolic of ideal citizens and the manifestation of the classic good versus evil dichotomy within the world and our own hearts.

What if our superhero film fascination is an eternal craving for the mythic-hero epic modernized? Perhaps the big craze says more about our time and culture than we think. Perhaps we are approaching an age of science that will change what is to be human and transcend to superhuman. As the actor Tom Hiddleston, the actor who played Loki in The Avengers, said, “In our increasingly secular society, with so many disparate gods and different faiths, superhero films present a unique canvas upon which our shared hopes, dreams, and apocalyptic nightmares can be projected and played out.”