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O Nobly Born, or, My Twitter Prayer

August 2nd, 2012 No comments

O Nobly Born
Whose Followers Stretch To The Heavens
Whose Tweets Are Retweeted Until The Stars Above Shake Hands With Them
Peace Be With You
O Nobly Born
Ruler of the Twitosphere
Peace Be With You
O Nobly Born
Let Your Manifest Compassion Be Shown To The Universe
By Throwing Me a Retweet Once In a While
You Stuck-Up Snob
Who The Fuck Do You Think You Are
O Nobly Born
All Blessings To You  

Time is Short

August 7th, 2011 No comments

Per “Anything You Want”, by Derek Sivers, he says if something isn’t thrilling you, don’t do it. One of my current creative paths is like that. It’s really good experience, but it ain’t paying money, and I don’t look forward to it with any degree of excitement. It’s a lot like a community college class I’m doing because I enrolled in it and I don’t want to get yelled at for quitting.

(See P.F. Tompkins for that powerful determinant of behaviour.)

The other thing is that I’ve invested a lot of time in it. But the payoff really isn’t there.

Ah well. One of those things you have to work out on your own. With the help of the world’s biggest impersonal therapist, the Internet!!!!

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A Great Quote for World Theatre Day

March 28th, 2011 No comments

“If we listen well and observe, the theater’s gift to us is the sly suggestion that what occurs within its walls can occur without them, too – that the world is changeable.”
Jeffrey Wright’s message for World Theater Day, March 27

Happy belated World Theatre Day!

A Love Letter

March 26th, 2011 No comments

Dear Past Self,

Mostly, fuck you.

Love, Present Self

“Oh right. Audience.”

February 24th, 2011 No comments

I pulled props and costumes for my show tonight. That’s the moment for me when it hits. “Oh right. Audience.” Another three weeks, and this show will be on its feet and I will be a director without portfolio.

I don’t think you can have a theatre production without challenges. Some of the challenges in this show were self-inflicted, to make “my vision” come alive. But the cast and crew have held together, and it is really a delight to attend every rehearsal.

“Eve’s Prayer”. March 16th-19th, for the New Ideas Festival. Please do attend.

Wotta Week

October 22nd, 2010 No comments

I’ve been socializing like mad. P.F. Tompkins show on Sunday, Super Lucky improv on Tuesday, a SharePoint user group on Wednesday, hanging out with a visiting friend on Thursday, and a failed attempt to be socialble at Band Practise (ink drinks) tonight.

This comes after four months of a horrendous cycle of almost no socializing. Like, I can think of four nights where I hung with friends? Maybe five? Caregiving is such a time-consuming process. Especially when you’re the only one doing it.

Well, back to work on act 2 on the weekend. That, and doing an improv class placement session. I need my performance time. I really need my performance time.

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Breaking Resistance

April 26th, 2010 No comments

Seth Godin recently wrote a book called “Linchpin”. It is a fascinating book on many levels, but perhaps the one thing I have taken most strongly to heart is his notion of “resistance”.

He puts forward the theory that humans have this lizard brain somewhere deep down that primes us for survival actions. And one of the ways to survive is, If the status quo is giving you food, shelter, and sex, don’t switch things up. (My inelegant paraphrase of his elegant text.)

That’s what I feel right now. Self-producing is scary. I could lose a tonne of cash. People in the arts community might laugh at me if it fails. And so on. And so forth.

Don’t switch things up. Except if I don’t, I burn inside.

It is “like swallowing a red hot iron ball; you try to spit it out but 

cannot.”

Anyhow. I’m sure this won’t last long. Just until I take the leap and possibly self-destruct or surrender and blend into mediocrity.

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Beauty, beauty

March 3rd, 2010 No comments

So I saw an actor last night deliver a career-defining performance in rehearsal. All done where the director let her discover it on her own, by building the correct support in.

Really beautiful and powerful. I’m hoping I’ve picked up enough subconsciously to be able to replicate that kind of environment in my next rehearsal process.

I’ve worked with directors who have been traffic cops (OK, on that line, go stand there), directors who give you nothing because they are busy working with the lead actor and don’t want to dirty themselves talking to the lesser roles, directors who gave the same character note to me every production. But a great director (like this guy) as he put it, “Get out of the actor’s way and let them do their job.”

A motto to adopt as my own as I keep moving forward.