Sunday, January 20, 2013

On the Virtues of Mindlessness

I haven’t had a thought invade my head for days, and I’m not so sure I mind.

Pretty much all I do is wake and sleep, watch a little mindless television while I’m awake, which helps to put me back into my own unthinking state of dusky hibernation. It’s not unpleasant.

My imagination is customarily far too active and enthusiastic. It’s a nice change to put it aside and turn down the volume on its alerts and alarms.

Of course, the real reason for this retreat has to do with the upcoming resumption of my theatre work (can I call what I do “theatre work”?). I’m having trouble gathering a cast for Battle of Angels, and I’m not so sure if this thing is going to be “a go.”

So, since I cannot run away geographically, I mentally bolt back to my empty dark cave. It is there in that airless duskiness where potential solutions to my questions flit into view and offer me solace. You see, I believe I can do this show with the people I’ve got and a twist of imagination on all our parts.

But will an audience grasp what we are doing?

Should I care so much?

Or should I concentrate on the “vision thing” and let the outcome speak for itself?

That’s a rhetorical question.

The consumer I have always wooed is in my empty head.


4 comments:

  1. Hmm, never read that one much less scene it. I've only read about it. Why his first play, regarded at the time as a flop? Are you staging it during the Festival?

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  2. The Allways is doing it's first exclusive season this year as opposed to being strictly a venue for others, and they thought it would be interesting to include William's first major play. And as flops go, it's a "Tennessee Williams" flop, which is not the same thing as a flop by any other name. It gives you a glimpse of what was coming up just around the corner. And, yes, it will be running around the time of the Festival.

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  3. As for it being the promise of things to come, that's what I found poking about on the Internet. Will have to hunt down a copy and read it before. Looking forward to it.

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  4. Thanks, Mark. Keep them fingers crossed ;-)

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