02.15.2018__WAR+LOVERS is both a Stage Play AND a companion Cable Television Series on MNN (Manhattan Neighborhood Network)__ One of the great things about a STAGE PLAY is that it can be performed many different ways __ My "One-Man" version went well in February and I will be doing another SOLO SHOWCASE on March 21-22-23-24 __The WINTER SEASON of our series "WARLOVERS-Making the Musical" continues on February 22nd__ __We have made a small variation to the name of the Play by adding a "plus" sign__I feel this better communicates what the Play is really about__Not persons who Love War but Lovers trapped in War~~~All Episodes may also be streamed "Live" from the MNN.org Website~~~MNN 2~~~ TWC 56~~~FIOS 34~~~RCN 83~~~Our WINTER SEASON on MNN~ Alternating THURSDAYS @ 8 PM
CASTING CONTINUES AS PART OF THE SERIES ON MNN
JAMES DAVID CAINE, 64_________ Narrator, piano, US ARMY, Retired.
ROBERT QUINCY MACKY, (1936-2001)____Caine's Commander
LI MING SONG, 29______ NVA OP and Sgt. Daniels' fiance
MING TET SONG, 27_______LI MING'S Aristocratic brother
CYNTHIA MILAGROS SANTOS, 18________ Caine's ex-girlfriend
CMMDR TUNG TRINH, 25____Li Ming's Battalion #1
JAMES DAVID CAINE, 18_______ College student turned L.R.R.P.
THOMAS E. DANIELS, 29_____ Caine's first partner and ghost LURP
ANDY MIRKOVIC, 18______Caine's roommate-confidante
PROF. PENDLETON PIPER, 50's_______Cynthia's Poly Sci Professor
EDDY ZONG, 25_____Hmong Scout, Caine's 2nd partner in Nam
2 lovers. 2 worlds. 1 inevitable result.
JAMES CAINE tells the story of star-crossed lovers from his days as a young Vietnam draftee.
Now a bewildered 60 year-old he has begun seeing GHOSTS from his past. He has discovered an enchanted old piano that he believes holds the secret to "conjuring" them up.
The real ghost is the American special forces scout THOMAS ELIJAH DANIELS. Drafted as a 24-year-old in 1967, DAN has shown a special affinity for the wild and has become the best "Lurp" in-country. Lately, though, he has become unusually independent from Command, operating on his own without a partner.
Dan and Li Ming have a Plan. When Dan is assigned a new partner, the young and inexperienced JAMES CAINE, they hope they can convince him to help cover their tracks. The dominating COLONEL ROBERT QUINCY MACKY will never stop pursuing Dan unless Caine reports that Dan is KIA.
But if the Colonel ever finds out the truth, Caine and Daniels could both be tried for Treason.
The reason? Dan has fallen in love with a beautiful and aristocratic North Vietnamese operative named LI MING SONG.
Dan and Li Ming intend to marry, but Dan does not consider himself a defector. He simply decides to "disengage" and "wait-out" the war, and then remain behind in the new Vietnam.
THE SUMMER OF '64
In the summer of 1964 I was 11 years old. And I can remember it was a different time in America. A more innocent time. No one seemed to use bad language. Politicians seemed to always tell the truth. The police were all polite and nice. Our institutions were held in high regard. And the only people who had tattoos were criminals or veterans from the war. It was a time before Horror movies and Gangster movies (at least in wide release). Even loud rock bands like THE BEATLES wore suits and had relatively short hair.
It was a time before drugs, before promiscuous sex, and a time before viscious street crime, at least for a young kid growing up in middle-class Rochester, New York. About the only global problems encountered by us kids was when we were told to finish our food by our mothers because there were starving children in China. But a series of events occuring half a world away would conspire to shatter this delicate American innocence forever...
THE GULF ON TONKIN INCIDENT
On the evening of August 4th, 1964, it was hot, dark and misty in the Gulf of Tonkin as two American battleships, the USS MADDOX and the USS TURNER-JOY, began their patrol of these waters off the coast of North Vietnam. !--(Although Wahington and Hanoi were not officially at war, the Americans had set up SEATO, the South East Asian Treaty Organization, in direct opposition to the Geneva Peace Accords of 1954, effectively blocking national elections.)--!
As the evening wore on, a violent thunder cell swept up the slot from the Indonesian Spice Islands. As the storm eventually engulfed the ships, the electrical activity in the swirling cell wreaked havoc with the sensitive RADAR and SONAR systems of the day.
First the RADAR operator reported possible contact, but he couldn't be sure. Perhaps two or three small gunboats. The SONAR report was inconclusive. There was simply too much electrical interference for accurate readings. As a precaution, several rounds were discharged topside in the direction of the vector. As the night continued, though, no actual contact was ever established. Earlier in the evening, however, a radio report had been sent out informing command of the incident.
Six days later, in Washington, President Lyndon B. Johnson used this unsubstantiated incident to ask Congress to pass the so-called GULF OF TONKIN RESOLUTION, officially beginning the "American" war in Vietnam.