Thursday, 31 January 2013

My NEW New Year's Resolution

Okay, so I made two New Year's resolutions: read at least one play a week and to snail mail my friends at least once this year (it's way more personal and fun than email, Facebook, or any other kind of social media).

BUT .... oh, but, but, but ... I have a NEW New Year's resolution.  It is to be able to sing, with 100% accuracy by December 31st 2013, THIS song:

This will be my party trick.  This I will do!  I will conquer the world in song!

I remember watching "The Animaniacs" as a kid, but I realize now as I watch random clips on YouTube that this show was bloody BRILLIANT and subliminally educational.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Survival of Theatre (and us!)

I just finished reading Daniel Brooks and Guillermo Verdecchia's play The Noam Chomsky Lectures.  I would recommend this play to anyone with an interest in political theatre, and especially to people who couldn't give a shit about it.  I wanted to share one of my favourite (and there are many) thought-provoking passages from it:

"Some of you may be thinking that what we have embarked on here [in The Noam Chomsky Lectures] is not theatre.  Well, that's too bad.  I would like to say this: if the theatre is to survive, it must become something other than an expensive alternative to television.  We are going to have to look at the world and the world of the theatre without ideological or artistic blinders.  And I'm not talking about the theatre of gentle psychological manipulation, or mature content, or three-dimensional characters.  I'm talking about rolling up our sleeves, diving into the muck, taking a good, hard look at who we are and what we do and goddamn the excuses." [my emphasis] 
- Daniel Brooks and Guillermo Verdecchia