I’ve never served in the military. I have friends and family who have and they all say the same thing, that once you’ve served it changed you forever.
I have a similar feeling for my time in the theater. When I’m really tired, or when I feel like there is too much packed into my week, I’m immediately pulled back only the days of tech weeks and cue sheets.
I still tie clove hitches and carry a Multi-tool on my belt.
Once you’re a theater person you’re always a theater person even if you move on.
A sharp reference to “job creators” in Crispin Whittell’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 novel A Christmas Carol underscores the fact that Ebenezer Scrooge’s view of “the surplus population” accords fairly precisely with the perspective of a man who just won 49% of the national vote by arguing that 47% of the population are self-declared “victims who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to housing, to food, to you-name-it.” Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?
In the wake of our bruising election, Dickens’s impassioned attack on the idea that wealth is a measure of virtue feels as sharp as an episode of The Daily Show. Dickens’s message is nothing new, but in our lifetimes, it’s never been more essential.