I toiled around with sharing my thoughts on the Globe production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. When I got going (there was a lot, and it was very exciting), I realized that what I had to say was a lot of sound and fury. It didn't mean nothing, but it was pretty...petty...? I don't know. Maybe I'll sort out those ideas some day. But for the moment, I'd rather spend my energies on making my own work and helping others with their work.
For the record, there were so many things I believed to be a great success, but there were some other things that stuck out and wouldn't stop stabbing me. And they were arguably pesky details.
Details matter. And my voice does matter.
But I was exhausting and boring myself in the process of ranting. So that may never see the light of day.
So, in lieu of today's auditions for All My Sons (I'm the director), I'll post this quote from Joseph Haj.
He's the AD at the Guthrie Theater and I can't wait to see his work live.
But the question I will post to all of us is: "Are we making the work that we most want and need to make?" Or are we making some other kind of work while waiting for the economy to recover, the audience to come, the Board to step up, the Foundation to embrace us, the NEA to recognize us. What are we waiting for? Better times? These ARE better times. This might be as good as it ever gets. Right now. And a fear-based, scarcity mindset that invites us to hunker down, think small, share nothing with anybody, have no courage until some imagined "better day", in fact pushes us towards the very demise that we are trying to avoid."
"I think it’s that thing of wanting to bash things apart a little bit and break through some stuff. And I needed it to sound a little radical to feel good about putting something out in the world. For me, it’s not embarrassing, but the old records are of this kind of sad nature—I was healing myself through that stuff. Being sad about something is okay. And then wallowing in it, circling though the same cycles emotionally just feels boring. For this one, there’s still some dark stuff and whatever, but I think cracking things, making things that are bombastic and exciting and also new, and mashing things together, and explosiveness and shouting more, I think that was the zone. I think shouting. Whispering was maybe the thing before. But this time--[hits his keyboard and makes a loud robot sound]"
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