thirty-two, counting and counted? check yes or no.

let’s revolt?  let’s revolt!  or not. 

let’s discuss, shall we?

how has wall street affected your life in the last three decades?

but first, a few things about the project1979 production process:

one-we’ve got a logo!  yes!  i’m so fortunate to have a team of very talented people who are willing to do GREAT work with compensation of lots of laughter, a decent malbec and lots and lots of appreciation.  THANK YOU!  i do have to say that i did contribute (do you like the star and the colors?).

two-i’m realizing the need to be very flexible in the spirit of the free form nature on this whole thing.  it’s been a little over a week since “launching” this whole thing and every day it takes a different shape and that’s exciting and scary.  i have conversations and i listen and i see things and i read things and i get asked to do things and there are many shifts that occur to make this project a little more real.  and then comes the scary part.  like, um, how do i rehearse this thing when i’ve got so much of this other stuff to do (thanks for the rehearsal space donation!)?  i need to get my dance skills in check!  and will the website really be up by monday?  i want to authentically, successfully get people to connect to each other and this “theme” through this theatre dynamo of a project.  i want to be honest.  i want to, well, make it count.  these are the anxieties that keep me having truly psychedelic and often computer-filled dreams.

(i’m a bit stumped on costumes so if any of you out there would like to suggest things, please feel free.  i want to change costumes/costume pieces during the show but want to keep it simple).

i want to talk about so many things but this is burning in my mind:

wallstreet-

the occupywallstreet movement reminds me of my spring semester, senior year in college.  we didn’t know it exactly but could feel that big time changes were coming.  seattle had happened, some went to canada to protest.  globalization!  the tech bubble was bursting and what has happened is a lot of jobs being “shipped” overseas.  but let’s go into the whole nafta stuff later.  i didn’t go to canada.  i sprained my ankle and no amount of arnica  oil was enough for weathering the rally against what soon became inevitable.  this is from sott.net

United States has lost an average of 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

2001 is when i, and many of you graduated.  back to wall street.

there has been much turmoil down on that island that i really like.   if any of you live there, i’d love to hear your perspective.  there has been a lot of turmoil because, truthfully a lot of the people protesting are the people who have taken out hefty student loans in order to pay for college and are not able to find jobs.  p.s. (still from sott.net):

the total amount of student loan debt in the United States now exceeds the total amount of credit card debt in the United States.

we talk a lot about credit card debt (again, i won’t go too much into that) but this VERY IMPORTANT statistic seems to be overlooked.

all of the questions raised, the problems, the strife; i get all of it.  a lot of the wall street folks were in the hotel i work in (and here’s another little statistic for ya) as a “retail salesperson”:

In the United States today, 24.5 percent of all retail salespersons have a college degree.

no one seemed too stressed as they took in the fresh mountain air and spa treatments but what do I know?

i am all for those “under 30” struggling folks using their voice.  and getting lots of much-needed press.

i just want to be included in all of this.  seriously.  i’m not sure who made the distinction that most were in their 20’s (probably true) but a lot of us, a few years older, are in a very similar, difficult boat.  i’m all for sound-byting but really, it’s like when you know you can do the part but that high school director keeps casting the pretty girl and leaving you to beg for the chorus.  i want to belong!  because, hey, it’s been ten years since graduating.  i want to be heard!  (warning!  rant coming!) i’ve paid :

17,000 smackeroos in interest.  16,000 dollars towards the principle on my loan and owe 36,000 big ones still on those very loans.  and i still want to do theatre?  i am certifiable.  and, as stated before, not giving up any time soon.

again:

the total amount of student loan debt in the United States now exceeds the total amount of credit card debt in the United States.

so, if you feel like you have also been affected by a difficult economy, a faulty congress, nafta, wto, student loans or totally disagree with this topic, please repsond.  how can these kind of statistics be part of the show?  how can i introduce topics such as economy or social policy without boring or alienating the audience?   how has the wall street affected your life in the last three decades?  i believe that there is a very important question to be raised:  how can we be counted in this “under 30” generation who is getting a lot vital lip service down at zuccotti park?  and, speaking of lips-because it’s thursday and because i so so so would like to be dressed up as one of those “nilli’s” while i lip sync to the citiassist folks on ws  (while utilizing the trademarked dance moves, of course), i am leaving you with this:

until next time-

me

p.s.  stay inspired!

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4 Responses to “thirty-two, counting and counted? check yes or no.”
  1. k.c says:

    I think the whole student loan thing is disgusting. I will not accept that a college education REALLY costs tens of thousands of $ per year. How is that even justified?? Personally, I think, like a lot of industries (MEDICINE & INSURANCE, I’m looking at you two bitches!!), the education sector (or whatever you call it) has gotten overly greedy. It doesn’t even seem worth it to go into lifelong debt, when jobs are scarce anyhow, just to end up getting a job that either doesn’t utilize the education you sold your soul for, or maybe you do get a job in your field, but does it even pay enough to pay The Man every week? It’s not fair. It’s worse than not fair; it’s completely wrong. Everyone deserves to get to go to school and study what drives them, and no one should have to sell their firstborn to do it. Not saying it should be free, just affordable.

    Like a self-eating snake…. this country is devouring itself (and guess who’s the rear end? The middle & lower classes). Blah, the economy and the state of greed around here really sours me.

    • project1979 says:

      KC-
      Here’s a scary statistic for you:
      Average yearly tuition at U.S. private universities is now up to $27,293. That figure has increased by 29% in just the past five years.
      Say what? I would really like to invite someone from higher education to do an interview with me for the site. Anonymously would be fine-I just want to hear the justifications as to why the cost is increasing to more than I make in a year. There is an article I was reading the other day: http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/is-college-worth-it which raises the question as to why we would be going to college when, as you say, jobs are so very scarce. I guess the important thing to focus on, more than how it’s not fair, is to raise awareness of these statistics, make them known to parents, students, kids about to go to high school, as well as people in our generation who might feel alone on this issue. What I’m trying to illuminate is how in this country there is quite a platform for the HOUSING CRISIS and CREDIT CARD DEBT. However, the student loan issue is often buried below the other, often over-looked and strangely supported health care crisis. If we, as a nation, have MORE STUDENT LOAN DEBT THAN CREDIT CARD DEBT (sorry, just had to put that in caps), then people need to know this. It is hard to conceive, for someone just out of school or in their mid-20’s, how it will feel when, after turning 30 they still have substantial, non-ending loans. Like Amy, if I make my payments every month I will have my loans paid off when I am 64. I guess I’ve gotten off the topic of our generation, but I truly I want to prevent others from going through this. As the show travels we will be promoting awareness of this issue.
      Thanks so much for your beautiful “self-eating snake” metaphor. I love your comments.
      -me

  2. Amy says:

    When I was 25, I signed an agreement for a graduate student loan for Teachers College, Columbia University -the 25 year plan – that will be paid off when I am 50 (!)…that is, unless, of course, unless I strike it big! If I do strike it big, it will probably be with some skill or hobby that I learned outside graduate school.
    I’m not sure that I can blame the economy for my serious lack of a lucrative career, but it’s made every job search for self-sufficiency seem so daunting, even with a fabulous education. After a decade of difficulty, I decided to work for myself… and shall see how that pans out.
    Also, I cannot imagine you alienating an audience, Alice! Exactly what years are you looking to costume yourself in? I’ve been fairly fashion-conscious (and cosmetic conscious) since age 11. I keep my look current on a shoestring budget; thrift stores, Ross, TJ Max, Marshalls, and fabric stores, and friend swap parties, all have great materials for period pieces and props. I admire your outreach and think you will find the perfect ensembles.
    Best wishes,
    Aim

    • project1979 says:

      A-
      Thanks so much for your support. Got chills!
      What I thought of was having basic jeans (perhaps and then manipulating them in different ways. I think I could change shirts, hair, shoes, bras? and accessories during the show. Any thoughts?
      I hear you about the working for yourself choice. Very courageous indeed to be an entrepreneur. What I see happening is that the economy is forcing people to get creative with how they make a living. The key is having enough dough to start something up. I’ve been really impressed with how people have been able to make a living serving others through their own gifts and creativity! That is what I’m hoping to do with this, to help people feel that they are a part of something much bigger than their own life. We hope to act as both a resource and forum. The stories seem to be more similar than dissimilar and I love that.
      Would love to feature you on our site (when it is up and running next week!).
      -me
      P.S. I heart TJ MAXX so bad.

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