From Life to Theatre

I quit.

These are the last words I write on the last page of my last journal on the first day of 2015. This is the end of a story which began twenty years ago when I set off down this road and a new beginning for my life. It is time to move on. This isn’t about me. It is about my creative story. It is about what I imagine and how I got here and what I think we can do and what I imagine could happen. It is not for me to make it happen.

Moving media, my experiences, my point of view, and my ideas from my life to our theatre of the new world to begin imagining possibilities we can create as a community for the future of our world we can move from the theatre to our life.

Theatre of the new world. This is my creative story. This is how I see things. This is the story I imagine we can create. This is my monologue.

In his play, The Typists, Murray Schisgal said the monologues in the play were used to break the fourth wall. “More important though was the need for the characters to justify their lives to strangers, to the audience. A monologue does not permit contradiction or interrogation. It is the ultimate weapon of any character. ‘Listen to me! Listen to me! I have something to tell you!’ And we must listen to him. He doesn’t give us a chance to talk. The theatre started with a monologue and it will end with a monologue. Listen to me! Listen to me!”

I am stepping onto the stage with my monologue to contribute to creating connections around our common experiences, our common interests, and our common ideas to excite our imagination in exploring creative possibilities, creative ideas and opportunities for creative community enterprise in our theatre of a new world which could contribute to our ability to create a future for our community in our real world.

My monologue is about my creative story; how my story began, how I got here, what I think, what I think we can do, and what I imagine could happen. These are my observations, my ideas, and my imagination about how things are, how things could be, and how we can create possibilities for the future of our world as a community. This is my point of view.

We create our stories. We improve our ability to create our story when we are more conscious of where we are and where we want to go. We can change our story by choosing to create a new story. We have learned the power of stories to create possibilities.

I am not creating theatre for a new world. I am just imagining how we can create in our theatre of the new world. Theatre is not a place. Theatre is the action. Theatre is what the characters do. I have simply created a stage on which we can play our parts. We are all playing parts in our theatre of the new world. We are all playing a part in our creative story. We all have some choice in the part we play and how we choose to play our part.

In our theatre of a new world we can all imagine possibilities, and explore experiences, and contribute ideas and stories we can create. We can explore what we know, what we see, what we think, what we are doing, how we are doing things, and what is happening in the world we are creating. We can find community around ideas, experiences, and interests we have in common. And we can imagine possibilities and explore ideas and create and contribute opportunities for creative community enterprise as a community.

Life is theatre. Life is a creative experience. We create with our experience. We create our experience and our experience creates us. We can explore our creative journey so far. We can explore our experience so far. We can imagine the experience we could create for our future. We can imagine stories we could create for our future. We can create a new world for our future to create a future for our world. We can create a future for our community as a community.

Words are all I have to tell my story and to tell the stories I imagine we can create. Words communicate ideas. We think with ideas. Our ideas shape how we see our world, how feel about our world, and how we live in our world. Words are how we contribute our ideas about life to one another, how we tell our stories about our experiences of life, and how we find community around common experiences, common ideas, and common interests. Words are how we create conversation and creative enterprise with one another around our common interests. These are the words that began the story of my creative enterprise twenty years ago. These are the words I am beginning the story I am imagining we can create for our future.

“As we near the end of the twentieth century there is apprehension and concern about our future. Our political, economic, and social systems do not appear to be serving us well. Technology is a mixed blessing. Awareness of significant threats to our existence is growing. And we are beginning to question the value systems underlying our dominant culture.

At the same time, we are more aware than ever that a life of personal fulfillment, freedom, and empowerment is possible and that we can achieve this by taking personal responsibility for ourselves, for others, and for the world in which we live. We are also aware that it requires each of us who understand this to act on that knowledge and to give others the knowledge, insights, and understanding that will empower them to act.

Positive change is possible. It lies in our ability to learn and to communicate.”

Theatre is not a place. Theatre is action