Tag Archives: Theories

Season Programming and Personal Agency

I’ve clarified some thoughts I’ve been brewing, about where the responsibility for play selection and artist hiring ultimately lies, in the wake of the controversy over and response to The Summit (which I wrote up in as objective a fashion as possible at DC Theatre Scene – in fact, I was so involved in trying […]

The Three Ways to Get Better at Something

There’s three ways to get better at something, and by something I mean any kind of work, art, or skill, anything from drawing to math to football to making friends.  Three ways: Study. Instruction. Reflection. Study is reading books about the subject or watching videos. Instruction is somebody teaching you, imparting their knowledge in some […]

Let’s All Live Together

I love me some predictions for the future, especially ones like these predictions about future microbe science.  While clearly not yet supported by any hard science, predictions like these seem to be such logical extrapolations of what we know now, that I’ll have a hard time not thinking of these as established facts already. One […]

Making Less Art Leads to More Art

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about focus in artmaking.  More and more, it seems to me that in order to make great art – of whatever kind – you have to achieve a balance in side projects and distractions. A lot of the great achievers I read about – artists, scientists, whoever – seem […]

Folksinger Beaches and Pop Star Piers

Imagine, if you will, the arts as a body of water. We all like swimming in the water.  An ocean is powerful, complex, soothing, fun, all at once or separately.  A lake is serene, nostalgic, mysterious, refreshing.  A river is thrilling, utilitarian, healing, dangerous.  The arts function in as many contradictory or complimentary ways as […]

Sister Cities, Sister Theatre Scenes

Why don’t the theatre scenes in individual cities set up sister-city type relationships? There could be a theatre venue in each city of a sister-city pair that is specifically devoted to importing works from the other city.  There could be a generalized initiative to get local theatres in both cities to pay special attention to each other […]

Black Watch and the Power of Music

I recently saw international theatre hit Black Watch, at Shakespeare Theatre in D.C.  For those unfamiliar, it’s a play about the famed Scottish infantry battalion with centuries of history.  It’s presented non-realistically, jumping around from scenes of a sextet of Black Watch soldiers in a pool hall in Scotland being interviewed by an avatar of […]