Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Your tax dollars at work: With $35,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts, three San Diegans will develop a musical based on the exploits of serial-killer Andrew Cunanan.
Cunanan, a scholar-athlete at The Bishop's School in La Jolla in the mid-1980s, earned a reputation as a gay playboy before embarking on a murderous 1997 journey that had Hillcrest friends fearing for their lives and the FBI involved in a national manhunt.
Police linked him to five slayings in Minnesota, Illinois and Florida, and the FBI placed him on its 10 Most Wanted list. When a caretaker spotted him hiding on a Miami houseboat a week after Versace's killing, Cunanan committed suicide before police could apprehend him.
You'll likely be able to see the play sometime next year.
(Jessica) Hagedorn will create "Disposable" during 2004, according to an NEA announcement that described the piece as "loosely based on the life of Andrew Cunanan, the serial killer."
The work is in the early stages of development, said Playhouse spokeswoman Jessica Padilla, who noted that the collaborative effort "is a long-term project and will not be a traditional musical."
I'm curious to hear what some of the songs will be titled?
"Yes, that's a gun in my pocket."