I haven’t written since April. I think it will stop being busy, but no. Once CLOWN BIBLE closed, it was tech and opening HAIR. Once HAIR closed, it was pulling together a final performance and ending the school year in East Oakland. Obligations with day job copywriting, obligations with other theater projects that I had a hand in here and there. Once that was done, and I had a full night’s sleep for first time in 6 months, it was company business: grants and applications and the CLOWN BIBLE DVD.
All of these fascinating experiences I wasn’t writing about! I will, I have to write a few words about HAIR, which was an amazing thing.
I recently had an experience with the theater apparatus. And I want to write about it. This blog is about making theater in America. It is also about the state of the American theater–the state of the art, the state of the profession, the state of its narrow economy, the state of its audience, and the state of its academy. Even when I’m just snarkily reviewing a show, it is always in that context.
Of course, when I make art and when I write about those things, I do so as an outsider, from outside the apparatus. Because at a very young age (say, 18), I really felt like the theater in America was in a sorry state, and didn’t feel like success on those terms would really be success. I still feel that way–often extremely lonely in my profession, without allies.
I had a brief, uneasy do si do with the Powers That Be, the Big Professional Apparatus. And I want to write about it. But I’m not sure quite how yet.