July 2014

What if the secret is there are no secrets? Against the backdrop of Dianne Feinstein’s revelation that Ed Snowden's former employer has been spying on her, award-winning, master storyteller, Mark Whitney, hilariously blows the whistle on a public secret with the power to reinstate privacy and accountability overnight! The Lyceum • San Diego • 7/3-13

About The New Show!
  • “Mark Whitney is a one man show!” ~Robert McKee
  • "Polished. Funny. Moving. Terrific." ~Peter Marks, The Washington Post
Five Stars!

Five Stars!

Critics liken Mark to Mark Twain, Lewis Black, Tim Allen, Mort Sahl, Michael Moore, Ralph Nadar, and the incomparable, Mike Daisey.
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Brand•Carey•?

Brand•Carey•?

Mark is the only spoken word artist besides Russell Brand and Drew Carey to be profiled by story mega-guru, Robert McKee.
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Truthseeker!

Truthseeker!

Bill Maher and Dennis Miller give you, "My government can beat up your Government." Whitney trades in truth.
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Myth Buster!

Myth Buster!

A veteran of the North American Independent Theatre Circuit, Mark premiere's his latest show at the 2014 San Diego Fringe!
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Ken Burns on the Gettysburg Address: “Words are medicine.”

Documentarian Ken Burns unlocks the importance of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Well we originally thought we were just going to have title cards superimposed over the old Civil War photographs to provide the historical context of the Gettysburg Address and its importance. Then it occurred to us, why don’t we let the boys narrate it, because some people might have reading or learning difficulties just reading that. Then you could hear, almost from the very first moment of the film, that this is a little bit different. These kids are stumbling a little bit, there might be a little bit of a lisp, and you begin to understand the sort of baggage that they carry and are struggling to overcome. In the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln talks about a new birth of freedom. He’s doubling down on the Declaration, the Declaration being the flawed document written fourscore and seven years before, that says, by Thomas Jefferson, that all men are created equal. But oops, Thomas Jefferson owned more than a hundred human beings and didn’t see the contradiction or the hypocrisy, or see fit in his lifetime to free any of those individuals. He owned and set in motion an American narrative that would lead to the Civil War. Now after the greatest battle, Lincoln is coming there and saying look, we really do believe it. I’m doubling down on this. He’s giving us a new operating system – the Declaration 2.0. But it’s interesting the way it’s resonated over time, the way the words, the poetry of these words that have such durability, have lasted. Then across the river from where I live in New Hampshire, in this tiny town in Vermont, are these boys who are themselves experiencing a new birth of freedom by learning the Gettysburg Address. Not just memorizing it, but publicly reciting it. It’s a daunting, daunting task. We could do it. I’m asking you to memorize it, and you can do it. You’ll curse me for a few days, but then you’ll have it on your hard drive. These kids, it takes two or three months, and they struggle and they agonize, and that’s what the film is – following them, but also accompanying it, sort of bumping up against them with the historical context. Because we’re all liberated by this speech. We’re all liberated by the struggle, and that liberation can extend in many places. When 9/11, first anniversary of 9/11 happened, the English words spoken besides the desperately sad list of the dead? The Gettysburg Address. Has nothing to do with 9/11 but everything, because words, as you know as well as anybody I know on this planet, are medicine, are medicine.

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