The Pitch (January 21-27)

Jason Asbell
January 19, 2022
A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jason Asbell. I only mention it 'cause some- times there's a man--I won't say a hee-ro, 'cause what's a hee-ro?--but sometimes there's a man. And I'm talkin' about Jason here-- sometimes there's a man who, wal, he's the man for his time'n place, he fits right in there--and that's Jason, the Programming Director of The Civic Theatre. . . sometimes there's a man. Wal, I lost m'train of thought here. But--aw hell, I done innerduced him enough.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is so popular across so many timelines of the multiverse that we have decided to bring it back to The Civic for another go around this weekend. 

But lest we be seen as serving the blockbuster lords too emphatically, we will also be bringing in the multi award winning Japanese film, Drive My Car, based on the short story of the same name by Haruiki Murukami. Yusuke Kafuku is a successful stage actor and director, married to Oto, a beautiful playwright with many secrets, with whom he shares a beautiful life, a painful past, and a fruitful artistic collaboration. When Oto dies suddenly, Kafuku is left with the many unanswered questions their relationship has always posed, and regret over his inability to truly understand her. Two years later, still incapable of fully coping with his loss, he accepts an offer to direct a play at a theatre festival and drives to Hiroshima in his immaculate, flaming red Saab 900. At his destination, having to comply with the strict festival rules, he will have to let Misaki Watari, a taciturn young woman and a very skilled chauffeur, drive his car.

If you can’t secure a skilled chauffeur, you can feel free to drive yourself, or walk for that matter, to The Civic Theatre to take these great films in.


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