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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mr. Satan Goes To Wall Street occupies Charlotte

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Keep your eyes peeled for pop-up performances (next: Amelie’s in NoDa on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m.) of Imagination Liberation Front’s political satire musical, Mr. Satan Goes To Wall Street, this week in the Q.C. during the DNC.

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Mr. Satan Goes To Wall Street was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement. Bare bones in props, the theatrics are performed on the streets and ring in at 65 minutes with 11 original songs and a cover of Woody Guthrie’s “All You Fascists”. The cast, currently comprised of four actors and one musician, use music and humor to thwart tensions and promote theater as a positive tool for social change.

The L.A.-based guerilla-style street theater troupe kicked off Charlotte performances yesterday in the city's Occupy headquarters at Marshall Park. Prior to that, the troupe was at the Republican National Convention.

Director Scarlet Fox describes what she felt was one of the troupes most powerful moments during the RNC: “It was when we were marching on the RNC on the last night, when Romney was giving his speech. There was a large contingency of Black Bloc Anarchists, who used an adorable, non-violent tactic called a 'cuddle puddle’ to block an intersection,” she says. “So we sat down with them and thousands of cops were surrounding us, and the cast and I figured that if we were all just hanging out in the middle of the street, we might as well provide some entertainment. So we did the first song from the show. When it was done, the protesters started chanting 'Whole play! Whole play!’. A lot of them had seen it at least once, in Zuccotti or Romneyville. So we did the play and the anarchists and occupiers sat down and watched.”

Mr. Satan Goes To Wall Street performance at the RNC.
  • Mr. Satan Goes To Wall Street performance at the RNC.

Composed by writers Sam Precario and Hieronymous Bang, Mr. Satan Goes To Wall Street comes as a follow-up to the duos already successful I'm Gonna Kill the President!: A Federal Offense, which toured on and off for five years performing in parks, alleys, basements, community centers and homes.

Mr. Satan Goes To Wall Street tells the story of Satan, who is laid off from Hell, and seeks to regain his job from neo-liberal economist Larry Summers, who promises it back if he can successfully break up the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. But when Satan encounters the movement first hand, he becomes sympathetic to the cause and leads the group back to Summers’ lair for a confrontational music showdown.

“When there's something right in front of you, without any sort of television or little commercial scrolling across the bottom, then there’s a part that changes you from a spectator to a participant. It’s an experience you’re having, not just sort of a thing you watched. You can sort of react to it in real time and talk to the people who participated in it afterwards,” says Bang. “We’ve performed for some of the same people who were in NYC and then Tampa, and now, they’re here and it’s like we’re all friends at this point. It’s a really cool thing."

For more details and updates on locations for Mr. Satan Goes To Wall Street, visit www.mrsatangoestowallstreet.com.

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