“Plutocracy”, a new musical show by Bolinas composer Dale Polissar,
will premier Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m., at the Bolinas Community Center.
Debuting as a “semi-staged concert performance” with five singers and
a narrator, “Plutocracy” imagines what happens when the head of a global
oil corporation dies and, to everyone’s surprise, leaves control of the company
to his young hippy poet son–with a powerful CEO uncle determined to stop
Polissar’s previous musical satirizing the George Bush administration,
“By George, It’s War!”, got standing ovations here and at the Throckmorton
Theater in Mill Valley.
Popular Marin choreographer and dance teacher Dortee Clark, who
choreographed “By George”, is also choreographer for the new musical,
which is produced and directed by the composer.
Polissar studied composing at Stanford, has had choral works
performed by major choruses, and plays clarinet professionally with such
artists as pianist Si Perkoff and guitarist Bart Hopkin. He has written and
produced three political musicals, and proudly states that “in addition to
musical honors, my resume includes three arrests for civil disobedience”.
About “Plutocracy” Polissar says, “It touches on many contemporary
issues, but above all I hope it is engaging and entertaining–in the great
tradition of American musicals–with songs that are sometimes fun,
sometimes very moving.”
The cast includes several Marin singers and actors–Beth Carusillo,
Madeline London, Daniel Patrick, and Bob Scott–as well as, from the
larger Bay Area, Tim Mayer and Peter Webb.
“Plutocracy” will play at several other venues in the next months:
at the Point Reyes Dance Palace Sunday, Oct 23rd, 7:30 pm, at La Pena
in Berkeley on Sunday, Nov. 6th, and at Noe Valley Ministry in San
Francisco on Sunday, Nov. 18th.
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