Glenn ClosešŸŽ­ as 'Maundy' in Easter

Glenn Close to star in Easter as Maundy A deep dramatic work is almost for naught if it doesn't have a proper epsilon. Glenn Close is cast in Easter to play Maundy, the mastermind behind all of this chaos that's been going on in Philadelphia during this turbulent election cycle.

When I wrote the first incarnations of Maundy, the character was actually male; I had a stereotypical Italian mob boss in the mold of Michael Corleone (or his father). That idea was discarded because I think the world needs to move away from over-subjugating certain persons, and because we've already seen that done many times over. ... and because this storyline didn't have a place to fit such a gangster's history; a requisite for understanding what makes someone like that tick.

I then rewrote Maundy as a cultish elder, but again, too stereotypical; almost borderline tinfoil hat stuff. The easy fix was to just change the gender. Women and their motives (especially in the company of men) tend to be much more difficult to follow on screen/stage when all the audience is given is a few minutes with them. Men are simple to gauge; we have a small menu. Women, on the otherhand are usually (not always) in supportive roles (in the company of men), meaning that there is a lot more on their plate that they're actually dealing with when it comes to keeping waters calm. Maundy's that person. She's not a monster like Fer. Nor does she nibble on an oppressive spice like most would-be miscreants. Instead, she's had plenty of time to seduce and manipulate those she needed to to get where she wants to be. Those can be the toughest people to read because you're inadvertently part of their plans.

"I'm a competitor. Winning adds value to Life. Losing is a choice, and a poor one. You deserve what you let happen to you." - Maundy

Glenn Close to star in Easter as Maundy --- Image credit: Billy Kidd/Walter Schupfer Management What was demanded was an instant declaration of character. When we meet Maundy in Die, Detective!, we immediately know who sets the tone. She runs things without titles. Untouchable, she's deignly mastered the secret to being in two (2) places at once - by having your DNA all over the place. We're not afraid of her, we just would rather not deal with her if we don't have to.

Possessing a genius IQ, she has applied it masterfully to naval architecture. Her enterprise (to which she was a legatee), Lindros FlyerCast & Irons, Ltd., was instrumental in building and bringing the first fleet of slave ships to Rhode Island's wharves*, and today controls the regional (Philadelphia-Newport News) seaport for all maritime cargo. By proxy, her company is also the de facto operator of the Philadelphia Water Authority, holder of the Philadelphia Gas Company, and mutual owner of SPEC (Southeastern Pennsylvania Electric Company). She doesn't know it yet, but her heavy investment in Securitas AB is about to look more prudent (and dangerous at the same time), thanks to the hiring of Pinkerton consultant Anton Gruber. Like with any control freak, she's grounded in materialism, because to them, possessions are tangible realism. That's what's scary about her; she's bureaucratic, not political.I made that up, there's no real historical significance. WinkšŸ˜‰ to the Swedish surname.

Note (+): For reference, Maundy's full name is Maundy Lindros. The word comes from 'Maundy Thursday', retaining Easter nomenclature. She is childless. Her astrological sign is Pisces♓.

Note (+): The first ban on slavery anywhere in the American (New England) colonies was passed on May 18, 1652 in the territory of what is now Rhode Island. Since this is fiction, anyway, we may assume, for good measure, that the Lindros family - perhaps upon Quaker conversion after its settlement - may have had something to do with the passing of that code.

She really is untouchable. A diabolical recluse who seldom docks for anyone, Maundy (in the vicinity of her bodyguard/captain, Lef'fut) resides on a cruising oceanlineršŸ›„, the Isambard, that often floats somewhere nearby in the Atlantic Ocean, probably in a bay off the coast of New Jersey. -- Heck, I wrote her and I can't even pinpoint her location.šŸ¤·‍♂️ -- This is to give a sense of how little she thinks of the people on land and the baggage they bring. Allergic to stress (her philosophy for living a long life), she takes great precautions to ensure her well-being.

On the business side, she runs Lindros with encrypted videotelephony communications software (Ć” la Skype or FaceTime). The corporate office occupies the top floor (penthouse) of Two Liberty Place, and is managed by her assistant, Lambsimon.

Lindros is the largest importer of phosphate from Morocco in the Americas. A subplot is that Philadelphia's North African Muslim community wants her company to pay retribution for unfair trade practices between the two countries, and a sizable number of Moroccan mobsters have sprouted inside the City and around the Delaware Valley for this very purpose. To protect her wharf from local mob threats, she employs the Camden-based kingpin, Roscoe.

When the world's richest man, Mr. Alphabet (Canaan Dusk), comes to town seeking a second headquarters for his firm, Nile LLC, part of the requirements for its new base are that those utility companies being privately held by Lindros be returned to the public sphere. That's billions of dollars in annual income for her potentially at-risk. Couple that with the fact that Mr. Alphabet's business is also in shipping by default, and has selected Philadelphia because of its location and proximity to overseas handlers, things aren't boding well for our heiress. As a precaution, she initiates the 'Ark Project' [NOAH]. Since 1978 when she strong-willed the then-city council to turn over the utilities into her private hands, she's made a vast fortune, acquired extraordinary influence, and become a menace to the jurisdiction, especially the District Attorney's office. Now things are coming full circle for her, but, she is composed, insightful, and equally as resourceful. We'll see how this plays out.

The five-fold arc of the opera begins with its first chord, Die, Detective!. The other four (4) chords, in order, are N, O, A, and H. Coupled with the fact that she is in shipbuilding and cargo freight, you are invited to assume that the remainder of the work has something to do with that element of religiosity. By ChordN (the start of Pentecost), her mettle is tested, and we'll see just what she is all about.

Basically, the whole story centers around her, as told from interactions with our eponym. To some degree - and on a very high-level, the entire piece purveys the rivalry between Maundy and her adversary, Marty Abrams. For the better part of forty years, these two power brokers have formulated an ongoing mutual disdain for each other; engaging in a soft war of money versus clout. It has taken an outsider and an incredible event to align their singular objectives. The tricky part about this character is that she brings no intentional antagony to the narrative; (other than her younger self's direct involvement with Pascha's reformation, ie. Joseph becoming John) she is not the sworn enemy of our protagonist. Yet, the ebb+flow of her executive decisions pretty much entangles everyone in her web.

"The only thing a person can genuinely make is a decision." - Maundy

Good and bad are points of view, and Maundy embodies that idiom. When writing her, I found myself cheering for her at parts because she's the rare individual with a grand plan and the determination to execute on that plan. A lot of people dream of something and want it to happen - their hubris even leaves them with the expectation of it happening, and then there are the very few that actually make it happen. In that regard, I liken her to Dick Cheney. Maundy made bold bets in her youth that paid dividends; she trusts her instinct and is usually always right (to paraphrase Donald Trump: successful people tend to only listen to themselves). She's a boss.

Easter is a long (50+ hours), challenging (mostly because the elements of timing+spacing are critical in VR cinematography, making it akin to a live show) five-chord hash opera, and the character of Maundy (coloratura) is featured throughout, so in order to carry the piece the actress would need to have plenty of stamina+ability. The only thespian I could think of that could encompass said range is Ms. Glenn Close. She's versatile and adept. Her distinction is welcomed, and as we attempt to record libretto-to-opera with fidelity, relying on her breadth of craftwork (film/television, stage/musical theatre, etc.) can only be a plus when it comes to helping everyone else on set deliver their best performance(s). It's a win-win.
Shout-out: Thanks also goes to Ms. Close's non-profit, #BringChangetoMind, which is aimed at supporting mental health and reducing the stigma of mental illness. -- Mental health is a big focal point in this opera.