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Posted on 10/19/2004 10:41:54 PM PDT by bd476
Youngsters Play Hollywood Spirituals in A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant
By Ernio Hernandez
Following sold-out Off-Off-Broadway and Off-Broadway runs last winter, the Obie Award-honored musical A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant opens in Los Angeles, Oct. 15.The work, featuring a cast of 8 to 12-year-olds, was presented by downtown company Les Freres Corbusier in New York. The Los Angeles run will be co-produced with and at the Powerhouse Theatre for an engagement through Nov. 21.
A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant is a self-proclaimed "bizarre new holiday classic part avant-garde performance art, part children's theater based on the actual principles of Scientology and the seriously unbelievable life story of founder L. Ron Hubbard."
"We're excited to take this production to the very center of the Church of Scientology Los Angeles. Since the whole goal of the show is to imagine how the Scientologists might stage a nativity pageant, there's no better place to try than in their Jerusalem," stated Timbers in a release.
The musical, featuring a book, music and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow, based on a concept by director Alex Timbers, has the children actors portraying the religion's top advocates such as Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta.
The cast of Pageant features Kristopher Barnett, Jamie Dahlke, Katie Ellis, Nikki Haddad, Jessica Haddad, Chigoziri Ikeme, Kyle Kaplan, Molly Elizabeth Matzke, Anthony Quinonez and Mario Quinonez.
The design team includes David Evans Morris (set), Juliet Chia (lighting) and Jennifer Rogien (costumes).
Kurt Deutsch's Sh-K-Boom Records who have recorded Broadway's Amour and Off-Broadway's Debbie Does Dallas and The Last Five Years will release a cast album on Nov. 2. ..."
(Excerpt) Read more at playbill.com ...
Scientology is a cult and parents have no business allowing children to be exposed to it, whether acting in a theater or in watching it performed on stage as a children's musical.
The Church of Scientology is the same group who was just booted out of Beslan, Russia. Scientologist auditors and "counsellors" showed up and began hypnotizing people under the guise of "counselling" those affected in the tragedy inflicted by the terrorists.
"The Obie Awards, administered by New York's Village Voice, recognize distinguished achievement in Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions. The Obies honor people and productions in informally structured award categories."
The Church of Scientology has a tax exempt status. It's anyone's guess as to how much Federal money the Obie Awards as administered by "The Village Voice" receive.
Taking satire seriously causes ulcers.
"...part avant-garde performance art, part children's theater based on the actual principles of Scientology..."
"We're excited to take this production to the very center of the Church of Scientology Los Angeles. Since the whole goal of the show is to imagine how the Scientologists might stage a nativity pageant, there's no better place to try than in their Jerusalem," stated Timbers in a release..."
Maybe you missed this:
"The musical, featuring a book, music and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow, based on a concept by director Alex Timbers, has the children actors portraying the religion's top advocates such as Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta."
The performing company's record company is well known for:
"Kurt Deutsch's Sh-K-Boom Records who have recorded "Broadway's Amour" and Off-Broadway's "Debbie Does Dallas"..."
You are absolutely right, $cientology is a dangerous cult.
This play is not endorsing $cientology. Instead, it is a not so subtle attack on $cientology using $cientology's own teachings against the cult.
$cientology is one of those scams that does not hold up well to rational examination. The more people know about the specifics of the scam, the less likely they are going to fall for it. Why do you think $cientology does everything it can to keep its "teachings" a secret, even from its own members? Until they have been sufficiently brinwashed, no rational person is going to believe they are infected with the souls of dead space aliens (a core $cientology belief). If the man or woman on the street knew about Space Tyrant Xemu from day one, instead of just taking a "personality test" do yo think they'd get many joiners?
Thanks to Bill Clinton.
Only the Church of Scientology and Anton Levay's Church of Satan have copyrighted texts and trademarks.
Even J.R.Bob Dobbs' Church of the SubGenius permits devotees to copy and circulate.
From the "Playbill" quotes above, it remains difficult to conclude that the musical is attacking the Church of Scientology in any manner, subtle or otherwise.
Calling the musical "Unauthorized" does nothing other than give the impression that the Church of Scientology or any of their less obvious front groups would not approve. This tactic is also used by some book authors and the Church of Scientology itself to generate interest, and to cloak their involvement.
Here are a few links to lists of front groups for the Church of Scientology:
pillbox_girl said: "If the man or woman on the street knew about Space Tyrant Xemu from day one, instead of just taking a "personality test" do yo think they'd get many joiners?"
Too bad no one told Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley or Giovanni Ribisi about Xenu, or Thetans, or how long it takes to get "cleared" before they spent over a hundred thousand dollars.
"Church of the SubGenius?" LOL That sounds like an apt name for many...
The Church of the Sub-Genius is a gag religion but it has followers, devivals, books, albums, radio programs, et al.
This IS a satire, and it reveals the ridiculousness of Scientology. That show does exactly what you mean to do with your links, just in a different way - show the truth to people who otherwise wouldn't know what that made-up "religion" really teaches. If you've been in Hollywood proper, you see it everywhere since that group owns several major buildings (four that I can think of on H'wood Blvd) and its representatives stand on the street and lure unaware passers-by by making that garbage sound believable (Including a huge "Christmas display" of Ron Hubbard every year). To paraphrase Rush, this play would illustrate absurdity by being absurd.
Clearwater, FL bump! We have many Hubbardites wandering around the city. Sad.
What do you base your opinion on?
I'm sure that is entirely intentional. $cientology is an extremely vindictive organization. Any overt attack would be severely counter-attacked. By remaining subtle (and also by using kids), the producers have created a legally defensible piece which would only make $cientology look bad if they respond.
I just thought of an interesting parallel. Question: Why is it that telling the plain and simple truth about $cientology is considered an attack? Why is it the same for John Kerry? Answer: They are both frauds.
Sooooo, are you a former member of that, ummmmmm, organization?
Hmmmmm, if I answer that, how would you determine if I was telling the truth? Do you have an electronic box with lights that flash? Are you now or have you ever been an "auditor?"
LOL, just kidding about the above, Null and Void.
The answer is NO, I have never been a member of the Church of Scientology, nor have I ever visited any of their "centers."
I am a Christian and have been so my entire life. I believe in Jesus Christ.
It was my understanding that L. Ron Hubbard began as a science fiction writer, at one point plagiarizing another's works in a backwards sort of way, that is reversing the story item by item until he worked up a complete "opposite" book.
Then the story goes that he had some sort of paranoid psychotic break and began believing that the FBI was following him. Supposedly through the Freedom of Information Act, it was revealed that the FBI had no interest in Hubbard at all. Apparently, the FBI recognized that Hubbard had some serious mental health issues. Hubbard's "file" supposedly mostly contains his accusatory letters to the FBI regarding his belief that they were following him.
There are conflicting stories about Hubbard's death. Some ex-cult members claim that Hubbard died under mysterious circumstances related to members within the Church of Scientology.
Based upon the Church of Scientology's continual dissemination of propagandizing yet factually incorrect press releases, upon their aggressive and some say deadly cult indoctrination, it would come as no surprise if their affiliation is proven to be even more nefarious, as you have suggested.
Lisa McPherson's story is a heartbreaking, horrific, sickening yet compelling story, Asgardshill. It is a must read for anyone considering contact with the Church of Scientology. They are clever in their recruitment tactics.
Scientology is a dangerous nut cult; this murderous organization whose tenets are so lovingly advertised by shills like John Travolta and Kirstie Alley has legions of goons that pursue, defame, and personally attack critics and sue others into oblivion. The abuses committed by David Miscavige and his league of the unholy make Charles Manson's followers look like the League of Women Voters.
Many people see some very uncomfortable parallels between McPherson and the case of Terri Schiavo. The hospice where Schiavo is imprisoned today by her philandering "husband" is also in Clearwater FL.
Did you see the story where the Church of Scientology landed in Russia to
counsel recruit surviving victims in the Beslan tragedy? The Russians threw them out when a family member came upon a Scientologist hypnotizing one of the survivors.
Sad really. The Russians used to do more than just "throw out" enemies of the state. Just ask the Germans around Stalingrad in WW II.
Do you have an electronic box with lights that flash?
Nope, I gave my meter away, BTW, they don't have flashing lights.
Are you now or have you ever been an "auditor?"
I have been.
There is some benefit to be found in $cientology. As one progresses to the higher levels the benefits taper off and the pernicious harm begins.
Once you've nibbled off the bait, the hook is revealed...
Hubbard died of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was being medicated with Coumidin, which is also sold under the brand name "Warfarin" as a rat poison - causes death by bleeding. There was no autopsy. His body was promptly cremated, legal as he was under the care of a physician - Dr. Gene Denk - at the time of his death. His Last Will and Testament was signed within hours of his death, giving his inner circle total control of $cientology, and the Hubbard millions.
Whether he died of old age, medical misadventure or a deliberate act will probably never be known, but people have been murdered for far far less.
The more you learn the more it should scare the heck out of you. Thanks for the info.
Did you experience any problems getting out of the group, whether in thought process, personally feeling the loss or in being shunned, once you walked away? If these questions are too personal, please accept my apology in advance and ignore them. :)
It's nice to meet someone who was able to walk away.
Satire does not have to be based on humor -- it merely points out the ridiculousness of a subject. When I read this, I saw the play as a satire about Scientology. People will see this play and realize what a ridiculous little cult it really is.
What does ridiculousness have to do with anything? Take a look at the Scientology web site, ridicule all you want and then please explain why the Church of Scientology's membership keeps growing as otherwise intelligent, successful people continue getting sucked into its grips.
One man's ridiculousness is another man's...
Junior said: "People will see this play and realize what a ridiculous little cult it really is."
People don't need to see a musical to realize that it's a ridiculous cult.
This musical is not a satire. The musical is based entirely upon the fundamentals of Scientology, in premise, script and delivery.
The writer and director decided to open the musical in Los Angeles, HQ of Scientology. They chose child actors for the cast. What could be more "innocent" and convincing?
Some. I had devoted a lot of my life to the church. I'm still in touch with some of my friends from that era, one who is still in the church. Most of the time in Scientology was a blast, done properly with good intentions most of the lower level processes produce lots of relief. Sometimes tears followed with laughter. But always feeling better afterward. I miss feeling like I was part of something big. These days I get the same sort of feeling form some of my jobs - I'm working in biotech/bioMEMS/drug research.
By the time I formally left most of my friends had already bailed. I had been inactive for a couple years. The church changed after Hubbard died. While he was alive there was the illusion that the highest member was keeping some oversight "You can always write to Ron." and that there was more motivation than just money.
The new management devoted its' early efforts to kicking out those closest to Ron, and consolidating power. Money and power became the driving forces, the delivery of services suffered horribly, auditing hours counted more than results, people were rushed through their levels without deriving more than a small fraction of the benefits available, and onto levels they weren't ready for. Quite like social promotion in public schools with the same disastrous results.
By the time I left the church as I knew it (which was a rose colored glasses version anyway) had changed beyond recognition.
Still, unlike most people I didn't just walk away, I routed out through each of the organizations I had dealings with. It took a few days, lots of conversations with lots of people, and I got back money I had on account. I didn't ask for refunds of money spent on training and auditing, figuring that I'd been satisfied with them at the time and I had received full value for cash.
It was worth the aggravation to leave cleanly.