C'est la Guerre! / Various
'A pioneering work by a gifted composer. Every song Mr. Ogborn writes lights another candle in this time of darkness. With bold conviction, he has memorialized the courage of a devastated generation.' REX REED Commissioned as a one- night performance piece by Philadelphia's Painted Bride Arts Center and written in the span of two and a half weeks, 'C'est la Guerre!' has lived for nearly two decades in theaters across the country, having quietly set a new standard in American theater for honesty, imagination and engagement in the issues of our time. Born in grief and loss, Mr. Ogborn's conception of a wartime revue of songs from the age of AIDS blended pop, jazz, ballad, and military march musical styles to move it's audience toward activism and compassion at a time when the US government and private sector showed little of either toward the people who suffered with this devastating disease. In fact CLG created an audience that became it's own quilt- young and old, gay and straight, parents and children, black, white,other, religious or not. They came together stunned by the power of this unlikely musical to call up in them their grief and rage, and moved to hope and action. CLG has played theaters and college campuses fromManhattan to Macon, Syracuse to San Diego. In 1992 PBS's Philadelphia affiliate, WHYY TV produced a music video of CLG's stirring battle cry 'Soldiers in the Sky'. Directed by Glen Holsten, the video received the Mid-Atlantic regional EMMY AWARD for Outstanding Achievment. Mr. Ogborn's work has given voice to a uniquely painful moment in American history. It has touched the lives of thousands of people affected by AIDS, educated others and challenged the entire artistic community to engage in the great challenges of our time. DAVID TOPEL.