Washington Metro Objectivism Discussion (WMOD) November Activites RAND PLAY IN BETHESDA, MD Ayn Rand's play "Night of January 16th will be performed by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Drama Club at the B-CC Fine Arts Auditorium on November 10th and 11th, and on the 17th and 18th. Tickets are $6 and are available at the door. The phone number of the high school is 301/657-4900. On Friday the 10th, the B-CC HS Literary Club is having a benefit dinner at 6 PM before the play. Several of us plan to go to the dinner and play on Friday the 10th, and we invite any members and friends of WMOD join us. The HS is located on East-West Highway right off Wisconsin Ave in the heart of Bethesda. If you need more information, such as Metro access, please call the HS at 301/657-4900. Ayn Rand's Night of January 16th was a success on Broadway in the season of 1935-36, and it has since been produced countless times all over the world. Rand characterized it in her 1968 introduction as "not Romantic Realism, but Romantic Symbolism. For those acquainted with the Objectivist aesthetics, I can name a more precise classification: Night of January 16th is not a philosophical, but a sense of life play." The play involves a jury trial where the jury members are selected from the audience, and the results are in doubt until the end of each performance. From the dust jacket of the 1968 edition: "Night of January 16th pits against each other two diametrically opposed life styles and asks the reader to choose between them. One side is represented by Bjorn Faulkner (based roughly after Ivar Kreuger) bold, arrogant, self confident, passionately independent--who never appears yet dominates the play's action, and by Karen Andre, his mistress, who sums up their basic attitude: "To him, it was only: you can or you can't. To me, it was only: he wants or he doesn't." On the other side are the forces of conventional morality (or immorality?)--Faulkner's lovely young bride, Nancy Lee, and his father-in-law, John Graham Whitfield, millionaire banker and philanthropist." Thanks to Doris Gordon who discovered the B-CC performance. SCIABARRA RESCHEDULED Chris Sciabarra, the author of "Ayn Rand, The Russian Radical" was scheduled to speak at the Cato Institute at 6 PM on Thursday November 16th. Chris has been ill so his talk is being rescheduled for December or January. BIDINOTTO AND BRANDEN TALKS Bob Bidinotto spoke on his new book "Criminal Justice? The Legal System vs. Individual Responsibility" on November 1st at the Tyson's Borders and at Cato on the 3rd. Several WMOD members attended the talks, Q&A and book signing. Psychologist Nathaniel Branden gave a talk at Cato on the 2nd on "The Philosophic and Psychological Foundations of a Free Society." Both of the Cato talks were video taped and may be available from Cato. Contact Diana Brickell for more information ((Diana@artsci.wustl.edu or phone:202/789-5283). The talk by Branden was also taped by CSPAN and had not been shown by them as of Monday 11/6. CSPAN daily schedules are available at http://www.cspan.org or by phone at 202/628-2205. Cato will show a video of the Branden speech on their cable show which airs on Tuesday November 7 at 9 PM on Media General Cable. NOVEMBER WMOD CALENDAR November 7, Tuesday, 9 PM Cato video of Nathaniel Branden speech Media General Cable (Fairfax) November 10, Friday, 8 PM Rand's play: Night of January 16th, $6 Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS, 301/657-4900 +----------------------+-----------------------------+ |Dave Saum |Email : DSaum at infiltec.com | |WMOD |Tel : 703/820-7696 | |PO Box 8007 |Fax : 703/671-9350 | |Falls Church, VA 22041|"Sapere aude" (dare to know) | +----------------------+-----------------------------+
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