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.
Theater is so deeply embedded into how to I think as a designer that whenever I get to focus on the theatrical lighting process it wakes me up to how nimble design can be. The performing arts and live entertainment in general have the ability to pivot in ways that even taped productions to do not to say nothing of larger organizations.