“You raved and you bitched when you came home about the stupidity of audiences. The goddamn ‘unskilled laughter’ coming from the fifth row. And that’s right, that’s right, – God knows it’s depressing. I’m not saying it isn’t. But that’s none of your business really. That’s none of your business, Franny. An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s. You have no right to think about those things, I swear to you. Not in any real sense.”
from Franny and Zooey
Theatre is action. Theatre is breathing life into people, stories, and worlds on stage. Theatre is where we perform. Theatre is creating the experience with other performers. Theatre is creating the experience for our community. Theatre is how we break the fourth wall. Theatre is where we create the story.
Me and Theatre
Living life as a creative experience is a powerful way to live and the only power we have, – our ability to choose who we like to be, what we choose to do, and how we choose to play our part. I like the idea of approaching the experience of life as theatre. When we see life as interactive theatre, as a creative experience, as the art of living with our imagination and with the reality of our experience our world, our world becomes our theatre, and we have the opportunity to play and create a part for ourselves, – and perhaps many parts, – in creating our experience, in creating our story, and in contributing to creating the worlds and the stories we are part of.
Theatre has always been a great love for me. I have taken a few acting workshops and I became part of a group of working actors and directors called Actors Anonymous for several years. Asked about my acting experience, I explained that although I hadn’t any acting credits I had worked as a management consultant for many years which I thought qualified as acting experience.
Now I am creating a stage in our theatre of the new world where I am writing, directing, and performing a monologue in the form of an interactive creative installation, creating connections in URL theatres, in uniform resource locations on the stage of the world wide web, to excite interest in exploring for ideas, stories, and parts we can play in real life theatres, IRL as some gamers refer to time spent away from their virtual worlds.
This is what I imagined David Mamet might say about the power of theatre in a scene I created and performed in real life.
“We feel through the connection. We experience how others feel through our connection with them, – with their character. We experience how we feel through our connection with ourselves, – with our character. Sometimes we feel the same. Sometimes our feelings are different. It doesn’t matter. It is through our connection that we break the fourth wall. It is through our connection that we come to know our similarities and our differences, – and how our audiences come to know us, – and know themselves.
from My Debut with Mamet
And to the challenge “How can we peacefully co-exist without a better understanding of the world we live in?” We can’t. So creating more theatre and more opportunities to explore how rich our life is with all of our diversity and differences, and to increase our understanding and our appreciation of our different contributions to our experience of life and to our creative story is the creative game we can take on. If we care to find the divine.
For Canadians, the highest rated benefits of the performing arts in communities are energy and vitality. Exposure to different cultures eventually leads to better intercultural understanding. Pride in one’s community and a sense of belonging are fostered through these shared experiences. The performing arts enhance the quality of life of Canadians in communities from coast to coast, and contribute to greater health and well-being, social cohesion, and creativity.