As we step out onto the precipice of a new year, I’m giving you a great gift that you can either use to create or destroy. It’s your choice…
Emma: It’s time for all us to believe. Not in magic, but in each other.
Regina: You wanna be friends? After everything that’s happened between all of us?
Emma: I don’t want or expect that. I know there’s a lot of history here and a lot of hate.
Hook: Actually, I quite fancy you from time to time, when you’re not yelling at me
Emma: We don’t need to be friends. What we need to know is the only way to get Henry back is cooperation.
Charming: With her? With him? No, Emma, we have to do this the right way.
Emma: No, we don’t. We just need to succeed. And the way we do that is by just being who we are–
A hero, a villian, a pirate. It doesn’t matter which, because we’re gonna need all those skills, whether we can stomach them or not. Once Upon A Time, ABC.
The wonderful thing that all theatre people have in common is: theatre (uh, gee… thanks for pointing that out).
What we don’t have a common goal of how we achieve this goal. Those of us who were born in between, roughly, 1965-1984, were branded as “gen x” by Douglas Coupland. We were the “me” generation. We were looked upon as the slackers, the ones who wanted everything that “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” could provide.
But we did not stay in those roles. As we got older we went from a recession to a surplus to an “it’s just a recession” depression. We’ve seen our world turned upside down from 9/11 to the present disasters of our age. We became a new generation of intelligent, relatively balanced, individuals, who tend to stand up for our friends and family. But even in this new “information age,” We live in a world where capitalism is king and the population is faced by a great divide of those who have much and those who have little (although flawed, do people still remember Occupy Wall Street?). I HAVE NOT REVEALED MY SECRET YET, keep reading.
And this way of thinking has flowed freely into the every business market, including theatre. There are commercial and non-profit theatres, there union and non-union workers, those who get paid and those who work for free, there are theatres that focus on various ideologies from the left to the right.
The problem we are left with becomes clear that all the money has been thrown into the center of a small dark room where all of the theatre population is trying to grab their fair share. Many modern economists will argue for a “game theory” approach where we each pursue our various specialties and those who don’t get any money, well, there must have been no need for that theatre group, or that theatre’s objectives are covered by some other theatre group. And the out-of-work actors or the ones who work two jobs to get by…?” Do you see where I’m headed? We all talk about “my production,” “my theatre company,” “my theatre job”…I’m fully include myself in here.
WHICH LEADS TO MY GREAT SECRET (drumroll, please…)
I DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING…and here’s the other part…NEITHER DO YOU…(if you do, you’re welcome to stop or keep reading, I won’t hold it against you)…
WHICH LEADS TO MY EVEN BIGGER SECRET…
Here are my strengths and weaknesses laid out for you. I completely expect for some people to take them and use them to destroy me; I hope that there are some people out there who don’t know everything who are willing to work together to create better quality theatre that through the sum of our disparate parts working in cooperation with each other: sharing ideas and creating theatre that should be able to provide their people with the means to have a career in theatre without having to beg, borrow, or steal to have a life.
Ok, so here are my strengths: my love and passion for theatre, my desire to build a community that is focused on something larger than my own self-interest, directing, props, singing, teaching, inspiring, organizing, business theory, being open and honest (which does turn into a weakness), loyalty (but also to a fault), seeing the big picture, working with others as a team, asking for help, I’m not “normal”.
And, here are my weaknesses: all other designing and building aspects of theatre, being micromanaged, practical business knowledge, getting money, being loyal beyond reason, being open and honest to the point where I’m writing a blog post that basically tells you how to crush all of my hopes and dreams (not really, I’m a lot tougher than I appear), loyal to people I care about to the detriment of the whole, working with people who have no interest in being part of a team, my own self-interest and hypocrisy (I’m very human AND most of what I desire does have a benefit that directly affects me), I’m not “normal.”
We all have unique strengths and weaknesses. I leave for you two questions: is there anything I can help you with? Is there anything you can help me with? Also, what are your thoughts about my economic theories? I don’t have any answers here, you see everything I have.
Please feel free to comment constructively below (calling me crazy or naive are not constructive, believe me, I already know that)… I know that theatre is not an individual activity (even one-person shows) and I also know that self-interest begets in-fighting which causes us to be weaker (the whole chemical bond thingy-ah, another weakness-science).
When I try to hide anything it just becomes more pronounced, so here I am, shoot…