BENEFITING: Mulberry Tree Group Inc
Candy Hearts is a musical play about that violence. Through dialogue, song, and movement, the central story unfolds to reveal—through many stories—the dynamics that keep domestic violence rampant in this society. The characters range in age, ethnicity, and background. The musical follows the stories of three couples; Brian and Sandy, a young, low socioeconomic, catholic couple; Mark and Craig, a gay couple from two separate worlds—one of denial, the other unaware of his desire for control; and a third couple, Prem and Devi, middle-eastern with strict religious rules and gender codes; the kind found in so many religions. Their specific ethnicity and religion is kept somewhat generic, but the model is fundamentalist, fanaticism. Each story depicts a symptoms and the progression of domestic violence One of the exciting things about this piece is that domestic violence has never been done in the medium of a musical before. It is a hybrid show that is entertaining, funny, thought provoking with the words and music being a driving integral aspect of the emotions surrounding control, dehumanization, and the dismantling and loss of identity. By integrating music and movement at the heart of this show, I have in mind affecting a general audience who may, through the medium of theater art, listen to issues that are difficult to acknowledge, difficult to address, and, most of all, difficult to change, because they are grounded in the fabric of our culture. Only by understanding the complexity of that fabric can we begin to make change; it is my intent in this work to show some of the threads that create that weave. I believe that Candy Hearts will speak to our deepest sense of an injustice that is endemic in American life and that through the medium of theater, it could reach out and make positive change in this violent, racist, sexist culture.