- If you just talk, I find that your mouth comes out with stuff.
You know that scene in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (the Gene Wilder original not the abysmal remake) where Violet Beauregard turns into a giant blueberry and gets rolled away by the Oompa-Loompas? Yeah, I ran screaming out of the theatre and had nightmares for weeks as a kid because of that. I mean jolting upright in bed-screaming-with the cold sweats kind of nightmares. It's okay. I'm better now and sleep pretty soundly through the night. Thanks for reading.
- You'll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do
John Steinbeck - East of Eden
So, yes I guess I'm asking you
To back a horse that's good for glue
And nothing else.
All the stars make their wishes on her eyes
-Tom Waits, "Coney Island Baby"-
”Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.-
We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. -Joseph Campbell-
Of course the theater is essentially a place of hopes and disappointments and in its cyclical life one lives out in a more vivid way the cyclical patterns of the ordinary world. The thrill of a new play, the shock of a flop, the weariness of a long run, the homeless feeling when it ends: perpetual construction followed by perpetual deconstruction. It is to do with endings, with partings, with packings up and dismantlings and the disbanding of family groups. All this makes theater people into nomads, or rather into the separated members of some sort of monastic order where certain natural feelings (the desire for permanence for instance) have to be suppressed. We have the "heartlessness" of monks; and in this respect we suffer the changes characteristic of ordinary life with a difference, in a sublimated symbolic way. - Iris Murdoch, "The Sea, The Sea"
Semper Ubi Sub Ubi
"The actor is the bravest soul I know. My God, it's hard to be an actor. I know of no greater act of courage than to walk out on an empty stage, seeing the silhouettes of four ominous figures sitting in the darkened theater, with your mouth drying and your fingers trembling, trying to keep the pages in hand from rattling and trying to focus your eyes on the lines so you don't automatically skip the two most important speeches in the scene, and all the while trying to give a performance worthy of an opening night .... and then to finally get through it, only to hear from the voice in the darkened theater, 'Thank you.'
And to do it time after time, year after year, even after you've proven yourself in show after show, requires more than courage and fearlessness. It requires such dedication to your craft and to the work you've chosen for your life."
- Neil Simon-