Wrapping up on works by Jon-Robin Baitz. Re-reading plays I read earlier in my research. "Three Hotels" mentions a lot of little references peppered throughout "Other Desert Cities". This one is filled with moral rectitude and politics. Finally, there isnt a reference in a Jon-Robin Baitz play I have not looked up.
Kenneth Hoyle's job is an executive for a baby formula company who operate in third world countries. Imagine being the Presidential Marketing Executive in charge of marketing Baby Formula for profit, knowing it swells their bodies and kills them. Then, dress your sales people as nurses. Then, put doctors on billboards to advertise it. The play is about this man and his wife who both try to come to terms with it and each other.
I remember during University, a lecturer told me once, "You're an artist and a storyteller--you'd succeed in Marketing and Public Relations and could probably retire young"
Money appealed. So, I enrolled in a Masters in Marketing and Public Relations. Week 1, I borrowed 3 books on Public Relations: two written by hot shots and one called, "Robin Hood Marketing" The former two were text books and the third seemed closer to where I was headed. It wasnt until the second week, when I walked into my class, I was assigned a PR media release briefing: "Logistics company has crashed it's trucks into a protected wetlands and spilled oil"
The assignment? "Your job, is to make the public believe you acknowledge what happened, that you are concerned about the event and that you are doing something about it"
I asked my tutor, "May I have information on how the company is doing all of those things?" My tutor told me that information was not available.
I asked for an example of a company that had dealt with this kind of issue before.
He replied, "BP Oil" "Ah, thank you" I said. I looked to my assigned partner, an intelligent MBA student, thanked him, stood and said to my teacher, "Thank you for being honest so early. This is not for me"
I left, immediately unenrolled, returned the books to the library and inside the Robin Hood book, I left a note: "If you're reading this: Fight them all. Fight them hard." Never to return