Thursday, March 16, 2006


so, went to an IBP meeting last night (stategic planning comittee, company development) and then came home and started reading "the fervent years"...

gonna get some thoughts down on a couple of things...

are musicans theater artists? When they are performing or recording for the theater, then undoubtedly they are. Does just knowing how to play a guitar make you a theater artist? No. However, making music for the theater implies/requires a different set of concerns than just "rockin' out" or most any variation thereof. Inasmuch as and when a musician is involved in making theater, and they are taking the concerns of theater seriously, they are theater artists.

that's obvious, right?

What are the particular concerns of our times? How do we portray them in a way that they also address universal concerns? Are particular concerns always an example of at least a class of universal concerns? I have no idea.

I few years ago I got all hot and bothered about the idea of street theater,
and for a short while tried to get some things going on that front...
some of those ideas still threaten to resurface from time to time.
I still love the idea of an update of "the king play".

Technology, Magic and Systems of Control - The Cell Phone Piece (a composition for actors)

One of the first plays mentioned in "The Fervent Years" is "The Adding Machine" -

"Plays about the nullity of the average man, like Elmer Rice's Adding Machine, were high-brow amusement."
pg. 18

and the more I think about that comment and the script and my take on it,
the more I think I am preparing to subvert the author's intention.
I'm o.k. with that, as long as it results in a good show, and not mush...
I know I want the audience to see the shades around what appears to be so much
black and white. We'll see.

that's all for now...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Laughter in the dark

YAY! Beckett!!
Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Laughter in the dark: "Many people met Beckett and inevitably drank with him. It is true that he drank quite a lot and is almost certainly truer that he needed to drink, both to vivify a spirit that had 'little talent for happiness' and to lessen the barrage of fellow imbibers. All his works are littered with non-stop talkers, the quaquaquas."