Notes from a September Week

So I took a week off from blogging.  It was full week, as they all are.   Rehearsals for Enchanted April (Taproot Theatre, opening this Friday) continue to go well.   I will, of course, be terrified as we move through opening weekend...I always am the first few times around with an audience.  But that will pass, …

Letting Go: What I Meant to Say

Letting go is a ruthlessly practical matter. Actors get bound up by inhibitions, fear, and wasted muscular tension.  Relationships go south because wrongs committed become posts to wrap fists around.   New careers go unborn because persistent, outdated self-perceptions just won't fade. At this juncture in my life--one more sermon to preach, a new play rehearsal …

Julie & Julia

My fun and busy Saturday (Shoreline Parade and Festival, Taproot Theatre curtain speech and Act I of Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming, a dinner party at a friends house) ended with the whole family headed to the movies, a rare, but always memorable experience.   Julie & Julia, Nora Ephron's film about Julia Child, had to …

Is Drama Still Effective?

That's the question lots of people at Willow are asking. And of course, their use of the word "drama" is always a bit suspect, because we all know what we get in churches far too often when it comes to "drama." Why the word "theatre" can't be used tells us something. But whether an actor …

Beauty Arriving

"Thou know'st the mask of night is on my face..." You never know when a face is going to show.... I have always enjoyed teaching acting. There's always a small voice in the back of my head wondering about the whole notion of memesis, the old Greek idea of imitation, and the various means by …