Showing posts from May 20, 2007


I was honored to be asked to join the list of illustrious interviewees over at "Theatre is Territory." Ian did a great job coming up with really interesting questions, and I did my best to make the interview readable, entertaining, and intriguing. Check it out to see how I did.

An explanation about the pictures. The top picture was taken by the student newspaper when we were moving into our new building -- they wanted to see a professor in his office surrounded by moving boxes, and I happened to be available. The second is just a picture of my blog. The third is a picture of me as Dysart in our department's production of Equus. I was not very good, but the kid who played Alan (Michael Ackerman) was fantastic by any light, and when you consider he was a freshman at the time, it was extraordinary. I believe he is currently in Chicago, so all my Chicago readers, keep an eye out for him. He is an amazing young actor. The last picture is the most recent, and is me at Phila…


How can anyone read this and not be inspired? Can we please, finally, abandon this old paradigm and start from ground zero?

The Dip

Slay on Theatre Forte has it right, I think, in noting that we are stuck in what Seth Godin calls "Dip #6" -- time to quit and think of a new model!

Changing the Wind

Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners Magazine and leader of Call to Renewal paraphrases one of his speeches in his NY Times bestseller God's Politics in a way that I think connects to artists. He writes about a speech he made to a thousand low-income people, mostly single mothers who had been on welfare, on the Mall in Washington DC -- he was to speak of hope:

I urged the moms on the Mall not to waste any any valuable time when they were in Washington. I wanted them to be able to quickly recognize the members of Congress whom they had come to see. They're the ones, I told them, who walk around town with their fingers held high in the air, having just licked them and put them up to see which way the wind is blowing. It's quite a sight -- men and women walking all around the Capital grounds with their wet index fingers pointed at the sky. The political leaders are really very good at figuring out the direction of the wind, and are quite used to quickly moving in that direction…