Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, October 19, 2013
Anthony Weiner may not be the next Mayor of New York City, but his story could go down in history in the form of an off-off-Broadway play slated to open in the Big Apple next month.
“The Weiner Monologues,” which is set to open at New York City’s Access Theater on November 6, will focus on the rise and fall (and second rise and fall) of the former Congressman cum NYC Mayoral candidate (pun intended).
The play was conceived by two Hunter College alums, Jonathan Harper Schlieman and John Oros,who managed to successfully fundraise for the show via IndieGoGo earlier this month. Although the show will focus on the former politician, the larger message behind the play is the role that the media and social media play in our everyday lives.
“It’s a bigger commentary and a bigger perspective not only on political sex scandals, but also the role that media and social media plays in this day and age. Things were once very private, like having an affair, can become very public when the Internet gets involved,” Oros told POLITICO.
Added Schlieman to PIX11 News: “I think what we tried to do was to present what happened in the course of events as faithfully and weirdly we could, just to make this larger point of what’s public and private.”
Schlieman and Oros, even plan to forego a key rule of theatre edicate – turning off cellphones – to make the audience a part of the show.
“Instead of telling the audience to turn off their phone, we’re going to tell [them] to keep the phone on,” Schlieman said. “We’ll be transmitting the pics that Weiner sent out… completely uncensored.”
The duo hopes that one day their show will be performed in front of a larger audience, one that’s closer to 42nd Street. “We’re getting feedback from people who say they want to do it in a different stage or are interested in producing it in a bigger venue,” Oros told POLITICO. “We’re definitely having those talks but I can’t say much right now.”
Whether Weiner will stop in and watch the show is unknown, although he is more than welcome according to the pair.
Watch the preview video for “The Weiner Monologues” here.