Showing posts from December 31, 2006

Just a Question

If I'm not mistaken, MySpace was created to allow bands to publicize their music. Could a similar site be set up for theatre?


For me, the New Year signals a time for introspection -- for evaluating what I have done, what I am trying to do, and how I am trying to do it. On New Year's Day, I picked up Epictetus' The Art of Living, and I found this, which seemed to speak directly to me:

Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what be­longs to others is their business and none of yours. If you do this, you will be impervious to coercion and no one can ever hold you back. You will be truly free and effective, for your efforts will be put to good use and won't be foolishly squandered finding fault with or opposing others.
As I looked back at the many posts since I began this blog fifteen months ago, I found many recurring themes, all of which tended to center upon quality and nature of the relationship between the theatre artist and the audience. I have promoted a focus on the local, and the artist's responsibility, shared with every other citizen, …


I have been tagged by Tom Loughlin at Poor Player with a meme aqpparently started by George Hunka. The structure:

Find the nearest book.Turn to page 123.Go to the fifth sentence on the page.Copy out the next three sentences and post to your blog.Name the book and the author, and tag three more folks.
The first book I grabbed, The Art of Living by Epictetus, didn't have 123 pages! So I moved one book down in the pile. The results (which I find particularly hilarious, given that I am from Wisconsin) are as follows:

"My impressions of the State of Wisconsin are, of course, selective, emotional, intuitive, and in any real sense, non-historical. I can see no overall trait that characterizes Wisconsin people, and my impressions are like short pieces of music each with its own temnpo and color. My search in Wisconsin (as always) has been for the flavor and variety of place, and what understanding I have of Wisconsin is based on these things."

I tag Brian and Jess and Jill.