Monday, May 9, 2011

The Origin: Vonnegut

The phrase Lonesome No More! was stolen with love and admiration from Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Slapstick. In his book, Vonnegut tells the story of Dr. Swain who runs for President of the United States with a plan to end loneliness in America through vast extended families. Under the plan, all citizens would be provided with new middle names, made of the name of a random natural object paired with a random number between 1 and 20. Everyone with the same name would be cousins, and everyone with the same name and number would be siblings. Armed with the slogan "Lonesome No More!" Dr Swain is elected President, and even as society begins to collapse, Swain's middle name policy continues to unite the survivors. The American population constantly risk their time and their lives to selflessly help their fellow cousins and siblings, ensuring that people may live their lives lonesome no more.

As a theatre company, we embrace this slogan and hope to foster unity between individual artists, between theatre companies, and within the community at large. 

Kurt Vonnegut (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. He wrote such works as Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction

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