The Unauthorized Occupation of Patty Hearst






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A covert before-the-play-begins scene


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Participants, witnesses and the media reenact sound-bites for a historic overview of the strange ordeal

The Question Remains

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At her parents’ home, before her kidnapping, Patty and her parents sing of their ordinary-world problems

Trivial Trivial Things

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Patty sings a universal-teenager song about her uncertain identity in her family and in the world

Caught Up In Between

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An Unexpected Knock at The Door

Patty’s live-in fiancé Steve delivers cautionary advice

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Patty’s violent abduction plays out “silently” in slow-motion – scored by a gentle instrumental…

Taken (Part 1)

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…the violent abduction replays in real-time, in pitch darkness with terrifying gun fire and screams

Taken (Part 2)

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Patty’s parents react to the news of their daughter’s kidnapping, colliding in an up-tempo duet

Level-headed Adrenaline

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My Dream of Freedom

Patty and Cinque sing a captor/captive duet of their mutual-yet-contradictory ambitions for liberation

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Stop Start Over (Part 1)

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Patty is forced to record her own audiotape ransom note listing the SLA’s unattainable demands


The Madness of Rainbows

Mr. Hearst explains how “a perfect world” is one of the most horrible things ever demanded

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The SLA deconstruct and reprogram Patty’s mind as she struggles to hold her soul inside


The SLA slips Patty LSD, sending her on a vertiginous psychedelic journey with dark passages

Drop Through The Sky

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Ghosts in The Closet

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Patty encounters her dead grandparents who offer cryptic clues for her survival and redemption


Stop Start Over (Part 2)

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The SLA’s unattainable demands are spelled out in a new audiotape ransom message

Unexpectedly thousands of people line up for the free-food ransom and things escalates into a riot

Troubles of This World

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As the riot unfolds in slow-motion, a figure steps forward and sings to Mrs. Hearst of class inequality

The Poor Are Pawns Again

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The world reacts to a new SLA audiotape while an outrageous proof-of-life Polaroid of Patty is staged

Stop Start Over (Part 3)

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All But One Thing

Patty chooses survival, completing her mind-controlled transformation into a militant revolutionary

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Am I Only What I Did Today

Patty robs a bank, wielding a military assault-rifle and crosses the point of no return             


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IMAGINARY GIRL: The Occupation of Patty Hearst – book, lyrics & music © 2020 Leonard Dolivio Cetrangolo