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Corpse who Opened the Curtain By Dick Pfister Last week, the EMC Drama Department presented the ab- surdist Arthur Koppit play \Oh Dad, Poor Dad. . . .\ Playing to relatively small audiences, the production was one of the more liberal, contemporary, theatrical efforts to be put on at Eastern. Unfortunately, it came off more like a Moliere farce than the ab- surdist presentation it was publi- cized to be. Edy Schuster, as \Madame Rosepetal\ was, of course, pro- fessional but was directed in such a broad manner that her perform- ance evidenced little of the gro- tesque quality that the character should have possessed. Her tim- ing was good, her artistry quite evident (especially during her monologue at the beginning of Act II), but she was simply not the man-eater the \Madame Rose- petal\ should have been. \Jonathan as portrayed by Randy Holman, was hilarious but unmotivated. His bumbling, stut- tering character belongs as one of the funniest portrayals seen on the Petro Theatre stage. Holman's timing was eratic: at times (when involved which the intricate, ex- cellent sound cues) off; at times (during the initial meeting with \Rosalee\) right on. \Rosalee\ — Mary Chamberlain —was a believable nympho- maniac out to seduce \Jonathan.\ Although her costume during the seduction scene was sackish, and unseductive, she was good—a Shirley Temple in heat. Also worth mentioning was Timm Stetzner (\The C omma- dor\) whose presence on stage was extremely composed and professional; the Bell Boys (Jim Bradley, Don Kirkendall, Gary McManus), whose timing was superb, and the special sound and visual effects (such as the feroci- „Atiektai„ .Alor ous venus fly-traps). The latter helped make the show. Fendrick as the corpse, should have stayed in his closet. The show, in summary, didn't Jive up to the program's definition of absurdism: \more exaggerated . . . and larger than life.\ It did not show a faithless world; it parodied a funny one. If you saw \Oh Dad, Poor Dad . . .\ you did laugh, but not much else hap- pened. United States of Amerika By Gary Ford The foreshadowing of what the United States is now and its tran- sition into a sort of democratic police state is amazing. Observe people sometime and notice how they cringe and go out of their way to avoid a cop—even when they aren't doing anything wrong. This is true especially of the young, who fear, distrust, and sometimes ' even hate cops. The police are not the only people that contribute to this state of affairs, but many of our lawmakers, and religious leaders. This country is supposed to be operating under the principal of church-state separation. There are too many laws that attempt to govern the individuals morali- ty, and behaviour. A great deal of these worthless and antiquated laws are from the days of puri- tanical moralists who believed that everything up to and includ- ing smiling was a sin—so they decided to clutter up the law books and prohibit all these things. These laws still remain in the books and today are enforced indiscriminately against anyone who can't be booked for anything else. One case in point is the man in Massachusetts who told a cop to, 'take your goddamn hands off me!\ He was subsequently ar- rested and charged with public blasphemy. This law, as written down, calls for the offender to have his tongue pierced for the first offense, \B\ to be branded on his forehead on the second offense, and that he be executed for the third offense. Ridiculous? Yes, but the point is this is still written down and could conceiv- ably be enforced as it is. The books in every state con- tain laws prohibiting everything from certain \indecent\ coital po- sitions between man and wife to attempted suicide; which is also punishable by hanging. More recently, on the national level are the no-knock law, which gives the police the right to come smashing into your home without warning. The legalization of in- discriminate wire tapping. Last but not least is the so-called \Conspiracy Law.\ This, we are being told, is to prevent radicals from crossing state lines in order to incite a riot. The way the thing is worded, however, is such that if a person were to go into an- other state and happen to get into a fight on the street, he could go to prison for five years for at- tempting to incite a riot. These laws are passed without protest. Possibly because the general consensus of opinion is that they are aimed at the long- haired, radical, dope fiend. The fact is, they could be used on anybody and they are a threat to our basic rights of privacy and freedom of movement. There seems to be a fad or something connected with the passage of these laws. The latest is Wyo- ming's law concerning \hardcore transients,\ which means if a cop doesn't like the way you look, you could be arrested. The slow strangulation of individual rights cannot be felt now, but if the trend continues for another ten years, it will be felt by all. The basic purpose of laws is to protect the community—not to protect the individual from him- self, or his mind from immoral influences. If a person harms no one but himself in his actions, whatever they may be, then he should not be restricted in them. The old saying goes, \There ought to be a law. . . .\ Hope- fully, people will soon be saying, \There ought not to be a law . . .\ Land of the free? Not for long if the present state of affairs con- tinues to exist. Editor Appointed Gary Votapka has been ap- pointed editor of the 70-71 Rim- rock annual. Votapka, a fresh- man, is the Rimrock's sports edi- tor this year in addition to being a staff photographer for the Rim- rock and Retort. Prior to coming to Eastern, Votapka was editor of the Billings Senior High annual, the 68-69 Kyote. Steve Swoboda was appointed assistant editor for the Rimrock. Swoboda has been staff photo- grapher for the Retort and Rim- rock since coming to Eastern three years ago. He has been head photographer for the Retort for two and a half years. Applications for waivers for people who want to work in the capacity of photographers, secre- taries, or assistants are available in the Rimrock office, MHC 204. When the troops pull out of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and surrounding areas, the U.S. has planned massive industrialization aid for these countries. Each backward country will receive a hammer and a nail. Institutions Lack Involvement By Jim Cass As students who are growng members of this society, we are taught by society's institutions (family, church, school, state, etc.) to evaluate the issues and then after due considera- tion to act in a proper and coherent manner befitting any member of this society. For students to act in a befitting manner, there must be a precedent for them to follow. This precedent is not forthcoming from the institutions of society. The institutions live by a double standard of activism. They teach and preach involvement or activism in society, but at the same time they rarely commit themselves to any pro- gram of action. This idea of not committing itself to in- volvement is in constant view of the institutions members, and from this view the members learn that there is no use in becoming involved because of the institution is not. I think that without a precedent for activism from institutions, many people after becoming frustrated turn to revolution because in our society there is a precedent for change through revolution. Therefore, I believe that the problem in our society is the lack of involvement of our institutions! Until the institutions become involved, society will have a double standard of activism which will, I believe, only promote more revolution in the streets. Therefore, the problem of people becoming involved is not going to be solved until we change the institutions that surround us in our society so that they practice what they preach. This idea of getting the institution involved will be difficult, but for anyone interested in improving the system, I believe that change will have to be concenterated at first within the institution which implies working through the present system instead of tearing it down in the streets. This means that more people will have to become involved in the institutional processes (politics, education, ect.) because by controlling these processes, on the local level one can imple- ment change. Page 6—PULP—May 27, 1970