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in which a drunken Brisport watches breaking news about the Somali Pirate hostage crisis.
Featuring Ato Blankson-Wood and the Company.



Tequila keeps me up all night
I think I’ll have another.
Hey brother, do you mind, the channel —
Change the channel to the news.
There’s pirates loose in Africa
And kids taken hostage on a
Seabourn luxury cruise.

Ransom on the table
Casualties at best.
Saying international waters, they’re like the wild, wild west.
With RPGS and submachines—
With peg-legs and covert marines
Someone’s cell is ringing, brother...

Fuckin’ pirates, took a pirate cruiseship!
Your phone is ringing —
Room’s gone spinning hazy —
Has the world gone crazy?

They’ve got the right idea those S’mali pirate dipshits!
Be Pirates!
Do whatever the hell we want to do!
The phone — will someone —
Shit — it’s mine.
I’m sorry. My bad, sorry.
Turn it off!
And barman, please,
Another round for me and all my friends!
Hell’s bells in the mud
And buckets of blood...
With a way-hay finally free!


from HAIL OBLIVION, released April 9, 2017
Performed by Brisport (Ato Blankson-Wood) and the Company.



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HAIL OBLIVION is the latest work by Gelb and Johnstone, whose music theater projects include Tully (In No Particular Order), last seen at NYMF, and the rock musical Sometimes in Prague, which was featured in American Theater Magazine as part of the Polyphone Festival, after previous development at the Tank, Joe's Pub, and the New Ohio Ice Factory. ... more

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