Wednesday Night Quotes: Evolving

“To sustain longevity, you have to evolve.”
Aries Spears

“Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us.”
Guy Debord

“Walk through life eager and open to self-improvement and that which is going to best help you evolve, because that’s really why were here: to evolve as human beings.”
Oprah Winfrey

“We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.”
Lewis Thomas
US author, biologist, physician (1913 – 1993)

“So we and our elaborately evolving computers may meet each other halfway. Someday a human being, named perhaps Fred White, may shoot a robot named Pete Something-or-other, which has come out of a General Electric factory, and to his surprise see it weep and bleed. And the dying robot may shoot back and, to its surprise, see a wisp of gray smoke arise from the electric pump that it supposed was Mr. White’s beating heart. It would be rather a great moment of truth for both of them.
Philip K. Dick (1928 – 1982)

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In rehearsals for “This Wonderful Life”

The set is coming along very nicely! As usual, Bart Bauer is doing some great work. For this show we’ve essentially created a storytelling “universe”, similar to the one in the film version of our play, and populated it with a handful of more realistic “iconic” pieces.

This show is a lot of fun to work on. It’s also got some neat challenges. It’s a one-man show, and I’ve done one of those (Fully Committed), and it’s also got a lot of story-theatre elements to it. I’ve directed one of those, also (Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol). So I’m glad I’ve got those two shows, and what I learned during them, to reflect on as we tackle this one. Not that we’ll be copying anything, but experience with those styles is proving helpful! Of course, this is also unique in that it’s an adaptation of a film, which lends itself to some fun opportunities (as well as a couple of dangerous traps, if you’re not careful!)

And I’ve said it before, and I will undoubtedly say it again: it’s amazing how many times you can learn the Keep It Simple Stupid lesson! (and by “you”, I mean “me”!) (And by amazing, I mean amazing.)

The Williamston Theatre!

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Life Quotes

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
-Brendan Gill

Learn as if you would live forever, live as if you would die tomorrow.
-Mahatma Gandhi

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900), Lady Windermere’s Fan, Act I

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A great weekend!

Panache at the Williamston Theatre got a fantastic review from Encore Michigan: Read it here. . That’s always a nice thing, I’m hoping it helps fill the seats: everyone involved has been doing great work that should be seen.

Rehearsals for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged have been going very well – my cast is hilarious and a ton of fun to work with.

I’m actually on a couple day break from rehearsal right now, though. One of the other fun gigs I got this year was directing the Otterbein Collge Senior Showcase, and I’m headed to New York for a couple days to work with the very talented group of students as they perform their Showcase for audiences of agents, producers and industry folks. It’s been wonderful working with them, their energy is fabulous. These performances this week will be the culmination of a lot of work over the last few months, and I’m really excited for them. I’m hoping, though, that the “This needs to get me an agent” pressure doesn’t weigh too heavily on them: I keep reminding them that either way this is the beginning of their careers, and it’s an exciting time!

And, as if that’s not enough excitement, Major League Baseball starts tomorrow!

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