Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Lucas on Brook's "Deadly Theatre"

Lucas Krech over at Light Que 23 is examining Peter Brook's amazing book The Empty Space. His post on "The Death of the Deadly Theatre" asks us to see Deadly Theatre not as a place, a proper noun, but a verb, a gerund, something that happens and can happen anywhere. While reading a blog on technology in education immediately following having read Lucas' post, I came across a post that quoted the lyrics of a Randy Newman song that seemed so relevant to what I had just read. The song is called "I'm Dead," and it goes:

I have nothing left to say
But I’m going to say it anyway
Thirty years upon a stage
And now I hear the people say
Why won’t he go away?

I pass the houses of the dead
They’re calling me to join their group
But I stagger on instead
Dear God, Sweet God
Protect me from the truth

CHORUS

I’m dead but I don’t know it
(He’s dead He’s dead)
I’m dead but I don’t know
(He’s dead He’s dead)
I’m dead but I don’t know it
(He’s dead He’s dead)
Please don’t tell me so
Let me, let me go


The theme song for Deadly Theatre?

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