By Anne Bogart
A thought-provoking exam of the demanding situations of constructing theatre.
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But for Wendy, nothing MEMORY ••• 23 happened. As an American, she could find no deeply ingrained cultural resources that would help her to get through the endless nights. After a great deal of frustration and fatigue, and much to her relief, at last she touched upon her Jewish roots and from that source she unearthed familiar codes of sound and movement deeply rooted in the Jewish culture. Her body remembered. Wendy’s story worried me because I am not Jewish. Confronted with the same sleepless nights and physical exhaustion, how would I have moved?
Hitchcock placed a tiny light bulb, invisible to the audience, into the glass of milk so that it would glow just a little. Although the audience is not sure why, the milk seems somehow alive, awake, undismissible and in a state of dangerous potential. ••• Creativity is first of all an act of destruction. (Pablo Picasso) 54 ••• VIOLENCE Violence for a painter is the very first brush stroke on a canvas. Everything after that in the work on the painting, as Picasso indicated, is about correcting that initial action.
People are considered successful if they get rich and appear on television. Commercial success is applauded. I want something else. I looked for a connection to an earlier American culture in order to find an alternate route into the future. The McCarthy era was not the genesis of American paranoia. The theatre in the United States was not born a commercial entity although it became, to a large extent, dependent upon its mercantile viability. Choices were made and adjustments followed. To remember the people and the events and to re-describe them is to use them, to climb up on their shoulders and shout out loud.
A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre by Anne Bogart