Healing with Artaud

I have long felt that so many of our deepest problems, from anxiety to depression to everything in between, come from a schism between how we think and how life actually is. I also believe that this is something that art, poetry, theater can, and should, try to help heal.

This is from the preface of Antonin Artaud’s The Theater And Its Double:

“If confusion is the sign of the times, I see at the root of this confusion a rupture between things and words, between things and the ideas and signs that are their representation.”

“… a cultured ‘civilized’ person is regarded as a person instructed in systems, a person who thinks in forms, signs, representations- a monster whose faculty of deriving thoughts from actions… is developed to an absurdity.”

“If our life lacks brimstone, i.e. constant magic, it is because we choose to observe our acts and lose ourselves in considerations of their imagined forms instead of being impelled by their force.”

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GÖDEL

GÖDEL

I’m very excited to announce that my play GÖDEL will be presented as a staged reading at Theatre For The New City  on March 12th, 7PM, part of their Scratch Night series.

GÖDEL tells the story of a motley crew of mathematicians and physicists who risk madness to know the mind of god.

 GÖDEL will be directed by Tony Tambasco, and feature Toby Miller, Kitty Mortland, Robert Resnikoff*, Marc LeVasseur*, Paul Battiato* and Atticus Cain*.

*these actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

This presentation of  GÖDEL is an Equity approved Showcase production.

 

 

 

Wholeness

I’ve been reading David Bohm’s Wholeness and the Implicate Order. He provides one of the most beautiful descriptions of reality I’ve ever heard, a wonderful antidote to our usual fragmented way of viewing ourselves and the world.

Everything in life “…is to be understood not as something independently and permanently existent, but rather as a product that has been formed in the whole flowing movement, and that will ultimately dissolve back into this movement. How it forms and maintains itself, then, depends on its place and function in the whole.”

Bohm

Artaud

I have heard the problem behind our Western way of thinking expressed in many ways, but this by Antonin Artaud is perhaps the most fascinating.

Artaud

“”I have always been struck by the obstinacy of the mind in insisting on thinking in terms of dimensions and intervals, in adhering to arbitrary states of things in order to think, in thinking in segments, in crystalloids, in thinking that every mode of being solidifies at a starting point, that thought not be in instant and uninterrupted contact with things, but that this fixation and immobilization, this kind of erection of the soul into monuments, arises into being, so to speak, BEFORE THOUGHT.”

MEDUSA at The Midtown International Theater Festival

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My short play MEDUSA will be featured at the 2017 Midtown International Theater Festival, part of their Short Play Lab.

MEDUSA is a play about the inevitable rise of the Powerful Woman.

I am very excited that this production will be done as movement theater, with choreographer Kelsey Head.

Performances are at The WorkShop Theater, Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36 Street, NYC Saturday July 15th at 6:30PM and Sunday July 16th at 4pm.

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Director and Choreographer: Kelsey Head

MEDUSA: Margaret Elizabeth Mann

ELIZA: Song Ravinan

PERSEUS: Kerry Blu

 

The Birth of Tragedy

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“Might the scientific approach be nothing but fear, flight from pessimism? A subtle form of self-defense against-  the truth? And, morally speaking, something like cowardice and falsehood? Amorally speaking, a piece of cunning? Oh Socrates, Socrates, was that, perhaps, your secret? Oh, secretive ironist, was that, perhaps, your- irony?”

Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy