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Cultural Imperatives

George Heymont | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether one is searching for a window of opportunity, hoping to ride a groundswell of support, or participating in an established grassroots movement, the importance of seizing the moment and making the most of its potential can never be underestimated.

Keeping Up Appearances

George Heymont | Posted 07.05.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

When one thinks back on some of history's greatest hoaxes, the first two that come to mind are usually the Trojan Horse and the creation of Potemkin villages. Both were brilliant projects conceived and executed on a grand scale with formidable results.

Bits and Snatches

George Heymont | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Most of us, upon hearing the term amuse-bouche, instantly think of food. But in some situations I often think of programs which offer a collection of short plays as a long string of amuse-bouches. Some are tastier and have more heft than others; some have an almost ethereal appeal.

A Sense of Foreboding

George Heymont | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Three dramas playing out on Bay Area stages during May were notable for their sense of foreboding coupled with the audience's suspicion that no good deed would go unpunished.

The Hardest Part Is Letting Go

George Heymont | Posted 04.08.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new dramas written by extremely perceptive women focus on the stress and strain of letting go when a relationship is no longer sustainable. One involves the living, the other involves the dead.