When Hamlet exclaims, "The play's the thing!" he is about to become a scribe. Of course, this is simply a plot device -- Shakespeare, considered one of the best writers in history, had a plan for his young prince. But isn't this true of all great playwrights?
"It was profound, and admittedly a little nutty, but more importantly, it was one of the first times I realized something about myself as an actor: I am deeply committed to the work; I am very particular about the conveyance of the playwright's truths, be they fact or fiction."
From innovative, enormous productions like War Horse, to fun, well-acted and crafted smaller productions like Around the World in 80 Days, theatre is alive and well in the Southland right now, so get to a play soon.