Friday, June 18, 2010

TRS: A Rave Act

So, had a really great work-through of the script so far, last night. It's an interesting process, since the cast includes both ravers who have never acted and actors who have never raved...and some of both.

Everyone has something to learn from, and something to teach to all the others of the cast, and that's wonderful.

What's interesting is seeing how the show will shape itself in a way that I could have never done on my own, hence the community nature of not just the mission of AWoL Productions, but also the process:

"to share the values of communities, by collaborating, creating, and telling stories through the performing arts"

My recent writer's block in trying to provide the foundation of a suggestion for the piece, has been the lack of a clear conflict or struggle within the piece. That seems like it's starting to emerge, particularly now that everyone has their part, and can add their own voice and views to the characters. But something I didn't expect, would be just how much this would be a story about the rave scene in DC.

I mean, I knew the piece would be DC-centric, but especially because some of the members of the cast had been going out before I did, and were in the scene before the infamous Fox-5 bust of '99, there was a distinct change in the scene that no amount of imagination on my part, would've done justice to.

As a result, I thought I'd share what, in my own experience, was a similarly disturbing and ground shaking event for the scene in 2002, the R.A.V.E. Act. It stood for Reducing American's Vulnerability to Ecstasy, and could basically hold promoters and djs accountable if someone were found to be using, in their party. The presence of glowsticks and bottled water were considered drug paraphernalia, and one could be sentenced up to 20 years in jail, and up to $250,000 if convicted.

Ravers organized a counter movement called R.O.A.R., Ravers Organized Against the Rave act. It was really inspiring to see what had been a relatively benign community, which simply got together to dance to non-mainstream music every week, become energized against this attack on the scene. It was also nice to see people in the daylight, after years of starlight, florescent, and strobe lights, as R.O.A.R. organized a protest with speakers and dj's right on Capitol Hill.

Anyway, for more info about it, check out the following links:

The Chill is On -

DEA Uses RAVE Act, Threats to Block Montana NORML/SSDP Benefit -

Legislative History of the R.A.V.E. Act -

The RAVE Act of 2002 -

R.A.V.E. Act Opponents Gear Up -

Raving Lunacy -,2933,58663,00.html

Wikipedia entry -

Your glowstick could land you in jail -

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