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Theater and the Standing Ovation Pt. 3

Welcome back to the most controversial issue on social media-- Standing Ovations If you haven't read Parts One and Two, go to Today, I'm talking with someone else in the community where this took place, but this person has a different perspective on the matter. Here's the interview: ME:  First of all, happy Thanksgiving. THEM:  A very happy Thanksgiving to you. ME:  You wrote to me after reading the last interview, because you had a different take on the whole thing. THEM:  I do. ME:  What is your take? THEM:  That idiot needs to be thrown off a building. ME:  Okay then. THEM:  Who stands all the time and then doesn't understand that if you do that, you have made the gesture meaningless? ME:  How often do you stand? THEM:  Never. ME:  Never? THEM:  I never stand. ME:  Why not? THEM:  Standing means what I
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The Thanksgiving Fight

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Theater and the Standing Ovation Pt. 2

Welcome back to the most controversial issue on social media-- Standing Ovations If you haven't read Part One, go to Today, I'm talking with someone else in the community where this took place, but this person has a different perspective on the matter. Here's the interview: ME:  So you got in touch with me because I made the mistake of hopping on a thread that was happening in your community about all this. THEM:  I wanted to present you with a different side. ME:  You were on the side of 'I always stand.' THEM:  I do. ME:  So you think it was wrong for the person I was speaking with not to stand? THEM:  I think it was rude. ME:  Do you think everyone should stand for every show? THEM:  I do. ME:  Oh, we're going to have fun. THEM:  I don't see what the harm is in standing up. ME:  What's the harm in not standing up? THEM:  Because, in this case, you didn't see the show,

Does This Mean I Need to Get My S*** Together?

The anxiety is hitting in a different way these days. After four plus years of living under a maniacal, somewhat sentient, giblet-filled McNugget, I realize this week that I...really have no excuse not to be my best self anymore. Oh sure, everything that was wrong with America before Election Day is still just as wrong, and really, we need to have a far-reaching conversation about which island we should ship all the 45 supporters to-- (I hear Sardinia is so lovely. They'll really enjoy it there.) --But whereas before, you could count on POTUS saying or doing something at least once a week that would render you emotionally and mentally unable to achieve anything, now... It's back to work? Over the past few years, I have seen people both crippled by life in the country as it is, while also thriving on the anger of having a Big Bad in the White House. Now, neither one of those things is going to be quite the same. As the pandemic rages on, I've found myself having to find new

Theater and the Standing Ovation

In February of 2019, I started this series of theater interviews to deal with my own struggle with a passion I've had since I was eight-years-old. What you're reading is the beginning of the final stretch of interviews I'll be doing in this series. I'm not saying I'll never return to it, but I have a new project I want to undertake that I'm very excited about. The work we have to do to make the theater a better place is far from over, but while we're all sidelined due to the pandemic, a lot of that work is going to be theoretical in nature. I look forward to continuing to have conversations privately with friends, colleagues, and new acquaintances about how we can aim for a new better. But before I put the cart before the horse, let's kick off these final interviews. So far, most of the interviews I've done have either fallen on the side of meaningful or entertaining. I think at first glance these last few may appear to be the latter, but upon workin

A Meditation for the Theater

Since it's Election Day and we're all, you know, not well, I asked a friend and writer whose guided meditations I've been using for the past few months to create one especially for theater lovers. I realize it's not as good as hearing somebody speak it out loud, so find a friend who needs some self-care and take turns reading it to each other. Here's the interview: ME:  Thank you for doing this. THEM:  This was interesting for me, Kevin. I've never had anybody ask me to do anything like this. ME:  But you must work with artists? THEM:  I do, you know, and I've done--I've done a few specific meditations on different themes and ideas, but never anything like this. It was a real pleasure, thank you. ME:  Thank you! So you're going to test it out on me. THEM:  I am. ME:  Okay. Should I close my eyes? THEM:  You can, if that's what you'd like to do. ME:  I'll close my eyes. THEM:  Thank you for sending me some material to work with and some wo