The greatest danger of tyranny for Americans is not a tyranny advanced by an army marching from a foreign land. Rather, the tyranny we must guard against is the tyranny of our neighbors, cloaked in the words of patriotic fervor and liberty.
Actor Gilles Marini is one of the rare people in the industry who is a humble, kind and a devoted family man; and also a hard working, talented actor, who oozes passion in absolutely everything he does. He shared some of his favorite travel hits and misses with me.
A guy sort of rolled his eyes and churlishly mumbled, "Why should we care in the U.S. about some dumb French holiday?" All rudeness aside, I decided to explain it to him. I love talking to churlish brick walls. I'm like a perky, blond Sisyphus.
The past helps us understand the present, and what better way to do that than through theater? Marat/Sade, on view now at Brava Theatre, is a story of class wars and revolution, remarkably close to our current world.
Just wrapped up your 4th of July festivities? Done celebrating your Independence from those damn Brits? Good! Because you're right on time to celebrate La Fête Nationale, aka Bastille Day. Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.
This Saturday, July 14, cities in France and around the world will set off fireworks, storm faux bastilles and honor all things France in celebrations that will have everyone shouting, "Vive la France!"