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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 06-04-2013 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From LA Weekly:
(T)he play explores the immediate aftermath of the February 5, 2007 attack in which Nowak, a shuttle astronaut and veteran mission specialist, stalked Air Force officer Colleen Shipman to an Orlando International Airport parking lot and assaulted her with pepper spray.
Starcrosser's Cut opens June 8 at Son of Semele Theater for six performances.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-04-2013 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Starcrosser's Cut official website includes this synopsis:
Hanistarot, in association with Son of Semele, presents the world premiere of Starcrosser's Cut, a new play written and directed by Joseph Tepperman, with a live score by composer David Dominique.

Inspired by astronaut Lisa Nowak's 2007 arrest for the attempted murder of a romantic rival, Starcrosser's Cut is an inner-space detective story, a cassette symphony in the tradition of Krapp's Last Tape, and an indictment of the nihilism of the US Space Program.

Based loosely on the real-life transcript of Nowak's police interview after her arrest, a character known only as "Lisa" listens back to the tape, re-enacts her interview with the detective, and attempts to re-record it all.

Through a labyrinth of tape edits and revisions within revisions, the play takes an unflinching look at the "crimes that can't keep uncommitted" - those beyond guilt.

From jail cell to Space Shuttle, the mystery that emerges is not whether Lisa did it - it's whether a crime can cease to be a crime, or can cease to be entirely.

I guess the disclaimer "based loosely" allows the writer to claim "attempted murder" when the court dismissed any such charge as overreaching.

GoesTo11
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posted 06-04-2013 11:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, "attempted murder" is about as loose as it gets.

I'd also sort of like to know what a "cassette symphony" is.

Feedback from any of the two or three dozen people who see this would be...not exactly appreciated, but noted. sigh

ejectr
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posted 06-05-2013 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pure garbage...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-07-2013 06:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some additional details from Florida Today:
Instead of a straight story, the 90-minute play written and directed by Joseph Tepperman is set inside Nowak's mind. Tepperman works in a dreamscape and the slippery world of memory. The play features two actors: Shawn Lockie as Nowak and Tom Collit as the detective who arrested her.

"The play is highly fictionalized," Tepperman said. "It's not meant to be the literal real world of Lisa Nowak. It takes place in the world of her imagination as she's remembering the case, trying to rewrite history."

Tepperman began working on the play in 2010. For source material, he used primarily transcripts from her interview with Orlando police. He also found inspiration in NASA emails written by former astronaut Bill Oefelein, the man in the love triangle.

"Hearing about this story, it resonated for me," he said. "I felt sympathy and compassion for Lisa Nowak. I guess we're all capable of doing something like she did given the right circumstances."

SpaceAholic
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posted 06-07-2013 06:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking forward to the movie which is sure to follow!

Glint
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posted 06-07-2013 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
I guess the disclaimer "based loosely" allows the writer to claim "attempted murder" when the court dismissed any such charge as overreaching.
Or it means the writer gets his news from the New York Times.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-07-2013 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I spoke too soon. After learning more about the play and that it focuses on the arrest and not the court case, "attempted murder" is accurate, as was reported at the time.

That said, I hope the play somehow makes it clear that the charge was dismissed.

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