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.

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“”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.”

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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

 

GÖDEL at 12 Peers Theater

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I’m very excited to announce that 12 Peers Theater has chosen my play GÖDEL for inclusion in their Modern Myths Podcast series! A big thanks to Matt Henderson and everyone at 12 Peers!

Also a big thanks to Alexa Kelly, Brian Richardson, Leslie Steele and everyone at Pulse Ensemble Theatre for helping me make great improvements to this play through their Playwrights Lab, and also to physicist Donald Spector of Hobart & William Smith Colleges for attending a reading and helping to ensure the mathematical and physics details were presented correctly.

GÖDEL Synopsis: As Julian arrives to visit his brilliant physicist friend in a psychiatric hospital in Princeton, NJ, he finds that Richard has stopped speaking. He wheedles it out of him that it is all because of Kurt Gödel, and what this man, considered the greatest logician since Aristotle and the only person that Albert Einstein considers an equal, has proved. But to understand exactly what Kurt Gödel did prove we must delve back over forty years, retracing the story of this motley crew of mathematicians and physicists as they discover the secret of the first atom bomb, struggle with terrible prejudices within the scientific community, and risk madness to discover the mind of god.

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

 

Poetry and Quantum Mechanics

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Reading the great German Romantic poet Hölderlin’s Hyperion, and theoretical physicist David Bohm’s Wholeness and The Implicate Order simultaneously. The similarities are astonishing.

“Among you I became so perfectly rational, learned so thoroughly to distinguish myself from what surrounds me that I am now isolated in the beautiful world…”  Hölderlin

“…science… is demanding a new, non-fragmentary world view… notions implying the undivided wholeness of the universe.” David Bohm

Will quantum mechanics rescue the suffering poet? Perhaps if more physicists, and the rest of us, develop an interest in the implications of their theories….

 

 

GÖDEL

GÖDELHad a fantastic first reading of my new play GÖDEL at Pulse Ensemble Theatre’s Playwright’s Lab! A big thanks to Alexa Kelly, Brian Richardson, Jeremy Lawrence, Karin de la Penha, Gregory Wilson, Benjamin Russell,Tony Chiroldes and Joseph Franchini!

Synopsis of GÖDEL.
As Julian arrives to visit his brilliant physicist friend in a psychiatric hospital in Princeton, NJ, he finds that Richard has stopped speaking. He wheedles it out of him that it is all because of Kurt Gödel, and what this man, considered the greatest logician since Aristotle and the only person that Albert Einstein considers an equal, has proved. But to understand exactly what Kurt Gödel did prove we must delve back over forty years, retracing the story of this motley crew of mathematicians and physics as they discover the secret of the first atom bomb, struggle with terrible prejudices within the scientific community, and risk madness to discover the mind of god.