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Antoinette A. Acosta

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Woyzeck, a 19th century play written by George Büchner (1813-1837), was first performed in the year 1913. The play was actually never finished by Büchner himself, but was completed by various authors. Thus, scenes are not set in a chronological order and are left fragmented – much like Woyzeck’s logic.  Woyzeck is being performed at the Staller Center. It is being directed by Izumi Ashiwawa, who is also a faculty member who works in the Theatre Arts Department at Stony Brook University. The cool thing about Woyzeck is the blatant psychological trauma and humiliation that he endures. Although it is discomforting to watch a poverty stricken and mentally ill army barber lose his sanity throughout the play, this tragedy is based on a true story about a criminal case.   The play is an interactive one, so the performance feels as if the audience is experiencing what the actors…

They must escape into the lyrics of the song They feel as if they have to belong They listen to the beat, and vibe to it, with internal pleasure. They remember that music, Can last forever. The energy of the song offers a special dance A free flowing madness that lives off of chance Of connecting to a faithful memory. That replays like the song, In such reminiscent harmony. A song stanza dedication, just in, on the radio The person supposedly says, hello! And exclaims She exercises the floral pigment on her lips As she tactfully traces them with her fingertips. Another dedication, dear station, listeners It won’t be about current events- Rather about music, and its provocative talents He says That pain, love, and chaos is not a world apart When there is a song melody rehearsing in your heart. They remember and replay a…

In June 2013, Edward Snowden revealed the National Security Agency’s ongoing data collection of Americans by means of mass surveillance to the U.S. Data was being collected and analyzed from daily telephone records and a program called Prism that tracks online communication through a server invasion of internet firms such as Facebook and Google. Snowden has been charged with several offences including theft of government property and unauthorized leakage of government espionage practices, which led Snowden to flee America to avoid arrest. American Film Director Oliver Stone’s film Snowden was released in theatres on Sept. 16, 2016. Following the media attention, an internet campaign started to collect signatures to urge President Obama to pardon Snowden’s past actions before Obama leaves the White House in 2017. So, should Snowden be pardoned? On May 2, 2016 Snowden posted a Twitter message stating the following question: “Should the government have lawful power to…