Can it be that one of the funniest and one of the most anarchic comic writers of the 20th century, a true member of the exclusive Sui Generis Club, is already forgotten? Not at the Westport Country Playhouse, he isn't.
Many of the artists I admire manage to get out in front of politics, even to get out in front of social activism, and pave the way for positive change. The "Artist As Seer" track suggests that sometimes-courageous artists are the ones who take the first steps in social progress.
The fundamental skill of an actor is that which allows him or her to empathize. I know: too saccharine, too preachy. But hold on. Don't wince. Empathy is intel. Empathy is 411. And it is 911. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes.
The stories behind the fight against slavery, the struggle to secure women's equality, and the bitter battle for civil rights are reminders that all the virtues implied in that term grace are within reach.
We graduated from college with a diploma and a dream but not much certainty as to what path our lives would take or even who we'd become along the way. Most of us leapt before we looked and landed okay. So, why the dread over what I'll call "commencement 2.0"?
There are words and not enough words about the outbursts of violence in Wisconsin and Colorado. In the artistic realm, many of us strive to carve out, or even go as squatters into, a place where the search for meaning uses other resources than words.
Every nurse I talked to earlier in the day at a rally in downtown Chicago and before the show had a similar personal story to add to the Smith's Tell Us Where It Hurts show. Not one nurse thought either the U.S. health care system or the U.S. economy was working.
When I conducted my research for my latest one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy, I was concerned by images I saw of Black African people in distress in major U.S. publications. Were these photos engendering action, or merely pity or worst apathy?
As I have listened to folks across California talk about the California State University's budget crisis, I have also witnessed waning media coverage and diminishing discourse. A little over a week has passed since the March 4th day of protest, and it just feels quieter.