September 2011


Michael Bettencourt
Principles of Writing Plays
The play, the thing on the page, is not, for me at least, only about my "message" — as Sam Goldwyn allegedly said, "If you want to send a message, use Western Union." It's also about giving actors something interesting to do while on the stage — to provoke them to move and speak in ways that prompt discovery and trigger surprise.

Arthur Meiselman
Orson Welles
Seventy years ago, Orson Welles created "Citizen Kane" and it remains the zenith, the apex of filmmaking. It completed the migration of theatre into cinema. No film before or since defined the nucleus of cinema, the art form of the 20th century, as this seminal 1941 masterpiece did.

 Nathan Thomas
Pure Imagination

 People can talk the game about creativity all day long.  But being actually inventive, to actually think something new is hugely difficult. I had a teacher many years ago who confessed that he never had a new idea in his life. All he thought about, he confessed, was a re-ordering of ideas he'd gotten from other people.

Les Marcott
Balazs Szabo

It only seems fitting that a young artist steeped in communist ideology would someday find his freedom in America and paint the portrait of one of Capitalism's ultimate successes – Ray Kroc, he of  McDonalds fame. That was at the age of 23 back in 1966.  Since then Hungarian born Balazs Szabo has lived an extraordinary life whose long career continues to flourish.

Claudine Jones
Zero sum

Saw Anna Deavere Smith's show:
those choreographed interviews absorbed as song
strongly figured grace


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September 2011

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