Refuse and Resist, "a musical about landing in a land of lies," has recently been advertised in full-page ads in TheaterWeek magazine with the slogan "Before there was Rent there was Refuse and Resist." Refuse and Resist also promotes itself as the first free musical in cyberspace.
The music was written by TheatreWeek associate publisher Tom Steele, and the lyrics by the publisher and editor-in-chief, Charles L. Ortleb.
Refuse and Resist, which is free to anyone with a web browser, can be heard with RealAudio software (which you can download from their site).
The recording includes an 11-minute interview from the Taylor Subscription Talk series with Ortleb, the lyricist.
Ortleb, a supporter of research on AIDS and CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or just CFS) apparently did the recording as a promotion -- a way to get people to realize that CFIDS and AIDS are most likely connected. Ortleb says that not enough national attention is paid to CFS and he and Steele decided to put the album free on the web to help raise draw people's attention to it.
Refuse and Resist can be heard on the Taylor Subscription Talk home page in its entirety at http://www.tstradio.com
-- By Katie Webber