Click on the image above to view a clip and distributor information.
Going Away Party, The
1 videocassette of 1 (31 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
See the record for "New Television, Episode 401 (1988)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.
Broadcast as Episode 401 of the 1988 season of "New Television."
Includes a 3/4" screening copy and a single slide of a still image from the work. See the record for "New Television, Episode 401 (1988)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.
"The Going Away Party" is a dramatic work, with a touch of mock documentary thrown in. It is based on the true stories of incidents of corruption amongst Oklahoma's elected county commissioners. News clippings from the Daily Oklahoman detailing the scandal, which came to light in the spring of 1981, tell the story of a web of bribery and kickbacks between county commissioners and area merchants. It was billed as the nation's largest public corruption case. Interspersed with these quotes is footage of the Oklahoma landscape, from weather surveillance laboratories. The work segues into a dramatic "reenactment," showing friends and supporters of Burrows, a commissioner sentenced to serve a jail term, at a going-away party. The impression is of a tight-knit community, perhaps willing to turn the other cheek to abuses of power. Helping themselves to drinks and hors d'oeuvres, the guests dispute Burrows' guilt, at the same time gossiping and reminiscing about the scandal and their own involvement. At one point, the party is interrupted by the news that another man, considering running for public office and embroiled in the scandal, has suffered a heart attack. Sometimes the guests speak directly to the camera, as if being interviewed. At other times they converse with each other, and the camera seems to "overhear" their conversations. These dialogues and monologues were written by Mike Mullin and Rea Baldridge. "The Going Away Party" is about 30 minutes long.
Dianne Kahal sings a version of "Your Cheating Heart" that opens and closes the piece.
Mullin, Mike (Theatrical Director)
Ohio State University, Small Grants Program
Documentaries and factual works
Home | Exhibit Space | Finding Aid | Search the Site
The New Television Workshop Collection Web site
is a production of the WGBH Archives. © 1999 WGBH Educational Foundation.
Please contact the WGBH Archives with comments and questions. Artists involved with the New Television Workshop are encouraged to communicate with us.