The Culture Project
by Special Arrangement with
Winship Cook, Arleen Sorkin & Martin Davich
Written and Performed by JACK HOLMES
The Culture Project, 45 Bleecker St., NYC
Opening night: November 15, 2005 - February 26, 2006
Directed by LARRY MOSS
Scenic Design NEIL PATEL
Lighting Design DAVID WEINER
Sound Design PHILIP LOJO
Production Stage Manager GREG HIRSCH
Press Representative OPR/ORIGLIO PUBLIC RELATIONS
Writer/performer Jack Holmes is often engrossing in and as RFK. Spanning time, often through flashbacks, from John Kennedy’s assassination, back to childhood, and ending on the day that Robert Kennedy lost his own life, this piece examines RFK as both a pivotal political figure and as a human being, affected by personal tragedy.
There is something very sad hovering around a work like RFK. Everything about it, the reference to the times, the shifting politics, and the dashed hope of the dawning of a new type of politics in the United States, are painfully present. The death of RFK served as a breaking point in a decade marked by brutal assassinations and unimaginable military actions. Just as Robert Kennedy hoped to usher in new politics, he was silenced.
There are poignant moments when RFK brings the audience into the inner world of the man, where he lamented not only the loss of his brother, but the things JFK never did or said when he was president, like speaking out against involvement in the Vietnam conflict. Of course, there are plenty of parallels to draw, as RFK focuses on the children of wartime, and the young soldiers on the front lines not wealthy enough or fortunate enough to avoid combat.
Aided by steady direction, dramatic lighting and Jack Holmes’ engaging presence, RFK lands somewhere in between powerful political rhetoric of the modern era and biographical stagecraft. Most likely to be appreciated by the like-minded, those who long for the days of Camelot, and Kennedy aficionados, I say, go, reminisce, get a little nostalgic and vow to make a difference, if only for a day.
- Kessa De Santis -