The role of the critic in the modern theatre is one of heartache and the temptation of hatred. Only in the theatre can a single review kill a show.
The Greeks made a bold move and removed the question of morality from the secular world and replaced that mandate with the universal ideal of ethical behavior governed by laws. We became a people of rules and laws and ethics in the state — making us completely unique in the world — because no other competing species for our time and space is able to cognitively think, make value judgments and create a standard, equitable, criteria for living as citizens that requires we help each other instead of trying to kill each other. We are ruled by our minds and not our emotional instincts. We have patterns of written expectation we agree to adhere to in order to get along with each other — and the role of the historic Church in antiquity was to mediate the meticulous, and sometimes tenuous, dyad between a people and their state — and to help regulate an effervescent values system and to negotiate a context for living a moral life in a shapeshifting world.
As an ASL instructor at HardcoreASL.com, and as co-author of books on American Sign Language and as co-sponsor of the sosASL.com emergency communication website and, most importantly — as the Hearing husband of a Deaf Wife — I was shocked to learn a major hospital interpreter teaching program in the New York City area is instructing its students that the role of an interpreter in the patient/doctor dyad is one of a “clarifier.”
What is the role of the Artist in society?
Many of my Arts and Literature friends are out on the street in these hard economic times and I am curious if you think the Arts are even necessary today. Are our times too dire for the Artist mentality and only hard work and labor matters?
The nature of the producer is to provide money for a creative project and manage the schedule for getting things done. The best producers are invisible. The producer’s essence is felt, but their being fades into the background to support the vision of others.
The role of the writer in society is one of a questioning dissent.
It is not enough for the writer to merely go along with the status quo or to live in the mainstream meme.