Chapters: 53/? Relationships: Sebastian Stan/Original Female Character(s) Characters: Sebastian Stan, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s) Additional Tags: Mild Language, Implied/Referenced Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, Implied/Referenced Drug Use, Drama & Romance, Acting, Hollywood, Broadway, New York City, Fluff, Humor, Drama, Romance, Angst, Sebastian Stan - Freeform Summary: A Streetcar Named Desire takes a Hollywood starlet back to the stage in NYC, where life twists and friendships evolve when they need to most.
Audrey Hepburn places her name on the top of the theater’s marquee. The Belgian-born actress, who was appearing on Broadway for the first time, scored in the title role of a new version of the perrenial comedy, Gigi
In Donald Trump’s America, art is more important than ever
Donald Trump has been elected to the presidency of the United States with virtually no checks or balances. The House of Representatives and the Senate are both in Republican hands. Trump will be able to name at least one, if not more, justices to the Supreme Court. A racist, sexist demagogue will have nearly unlimited power.
So what the hell is the point of arts and entertainment?
It’s tempting at a time like this to withdraw within yourself, to shut everything out and succumb to helplessness. Watching a movie, going to the theater or listening to music feels like a futile exercise right now, an inevitably unsuccessful attempt to escape the storm clouds barreling down upon us.
But as hard as it is to believe right now, the darkest moment in modern American history, art and the artists who create it are more important than ever. They are a voice and a home for the marginalized groups of this country.
At Mic, we often parse the statistics on how well Hollywood, Broadway, the music industry and other artistic platforms are representing marginalized groups. Often, the news isn’t good. There’s tremendous work that must be done to better find and boost female and queer voices. People of color remain remarkably under-included both in front of and behind the camera. None of that work goes away because the president-elect is someone who threatens the pillar of democracy; in fact, it becomes all the more vital.
Art is a venue for speaking out against the powerful. Think of the protest anthems from throughout history: Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” for the civil rights movement, or Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” for the women’s liberation movement. Think of Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun,” protesting the Vietnam War.
Films like Selma serve as megaphones for artists like Ava DuVernay to say something profound about not just the way we lived when Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, but how we do now when protests break out in places like Ferguson, Missouri. Musicals like Hamilton argue for the power and importance of immigrants at a time when Americans elected a man who wants to build a wall to keep them out.
When hate reveals itself, art counters with brilliance. Art counters with inspiration. Art counters with anger. And art counters with love.
I’d fallen in love with her in My Fair Lady on Broadway, so I’d had a crush for forever, working with her like being hit over the head with a big Valentine’s Day card every day but when we did meet on The Sound of Music she had just had a child, so I had to stay arm’s length—what am I talking about?—full length away from her, but it was sort of like an awful tease. I couln’t do anything. (x)
We should have ended up together… We should have had a huge smashing affair. But there was no time because she had her children with her, which was most inconvenient, I thought. (x)