One man's quest to become a professional humanist writer (with health insurance)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Favorite of the week
The kids at Found Theater Company are -- like so many of us -- filled with anxiety over doomsday scenarios. But unlike most of us, they have something powerfully cathartic to share on that subject. [click image for larger] PHILADELPHIA METRO, SEP 7
is a freelance writer living in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. He currently writes articles, plays, stories and poems. He is a regular contributor to the Philadelphia City Paper and the Philadelphia Metro, focusing on local artists of all disciplines. Full length plays: WILLIAM WEATHERSBY (2007 National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist) and WHISKY NEAT (Produced by Azuka Theatre in 2009). Site-specific plays: THE GUIDED TOUR (2004, 2006 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival) and NORTHERN LIBERTY (2005 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival). Co-written plays include: ONCE (Produced by Brat Productions in 2002). Short plays include: DASEIN (2002 Philly Fringe), WOUNDED BODY (2000 Philly Fringe).
1. Judgment without inquiry is an intellectual and spiritual dead end.
2. To understand why a particular artist creates is to draw nearer to a universal legacy of divinity.
3. Serious reporting on artists is crucial to a basic understanding of a city's economy, culture, humanity and overall viability.
4. The first three require a rejection of the prevailing notion that local arts are best understood from the standpoint of a detached consumer.
CORE BELIEFS (playwriting)
1. Don't lie.
2. To understand a single man or woman's story is to draw nearer to a universal legacy of divinity.
3. At least one character must be incapable of telling the truth without lying and vice-versa.
4. Be careful, italics are an addiction. Let it breathe as the actor breathes - as the listener breathes.