Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cal Pritner on Ben Brantley and Revivials

Cal Pritner, founder of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, uses Ben Brantley's review of Hedda Gabler as a leaping-off point for questions of revivals. Check out "Shakespeare and Subsequent Performances" on our blog Thank You! Next?


"Each time a man stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or greater intelligence. Yet it is the onee essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change."

Robert Kennedy

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."

Helen Keller

[h/t Tempered Radicals: How People Use Difference to Inspire Change at Work by Debra E. Meterson]

Think Again: Funding and Budgets in the Arts

Every once in a while, I think I'll post a link or two to posts written earlier in the life of Theatre Ideas that seem worth revisiting ...