Theatre exists somewhere between the talk people say they are sick of and the action people are demanding happen NOW. And theater can help us build a stronger state to deal with the massive problems the world is facing. The state is, in the words of philosopher F. R. Ankersmit, "the institutionalization fo our readiness to look at ourselves from the top down." If so, we are having trouble seeing ourselves. And theater is an institution for seeing.
Once we get started on this new road, the only way to stop us would be if government began to fund the arts the way President Nixon did when he tried to buy out artists by throwing money at the NEA. By now we should know that what is given can be taken away. We need to be elected not appointed.
Friday, June 08, 2007
Elect Better Actors
This from Ian Maxwell MacKinnon's Manifesto, "Elect Better Actors,":