What a buzz kill! *L*
OK, first let's look at Don's example: Hot Dog J. Frank - The Willy Wonka of Meat. Sure, his enthusiasm for hot dogs may seem a bit over the top -- most of us do not share his particular passion. However, I would also say that his enthusiasm is contagious, and I'll bet that after about 15 mins with Mr. Frank, you'd want to have a hot dog. I did after I watched the video! He knows his stuff, he knows what makes a hot do great, and he isn't afraid to tell other people about it. If we, as theatre people, could develop his enthusiasm and willingness to look a little foolish, our theatres might be in better shape.
Second, I don't think we are as fringy as Don makes us out. And my evidence comes from the business community, certainly the most non-fringy area of American society. I offer some recent books as evidence:
- The Experience Ecomony: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage by B. Jospeh Pine II and James H. Gilmore. A bestselling business book published in 1999 and still in the top 10,000 on Amazon, which says that business needs to become more like theatre.
- Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield and Ron McMillan. Currently shooting up the bestseller list, these authors promote the power of "voyeuristic experiences" (such as stories, plays, films, and TV) as one of the ways to promote change in behavior.
- Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Another bestseller which promotes the power of narrative as a way of helping people remember an idea.
- Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration by Keith Sawyer. The author uses improvisational theatre and jazz as his central example of how collaboration can work.
- A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age by Daniel H. Pink. Another bestseller that indicates there are six new sense of the new mind: design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning.