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The Necessary Genus of Jerzy Grotowski

If you are in the theatre — and if you are not aware of the germinal revolution Jerzy Grotowski had against Theatre of the Status Quo — then you need to dig into his oeuvre to discover how this “painter of the mind” reconstructed the dramatic human experience through direct touch and consequential dramatic danger.

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NYPD Mounts Electric Trikes

The NYPD ride horses and patrol on foot and watch you from the sky, and now they have mounted electric trikes to patrol the city.  Will these new, electric, green, tricycles help control crime and prevent bad behavior?  Or will the bad elements be able to outrun the Panopticonic eye of these 20 mph urban chariots?

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The Shameful Deceit of Corn Sugar

When something is so bad that just the mention of the name of that thing makes people shiver with disgust, what is the best thing for the people associated with that thing to do? Change the name of that thing to make it sound like something completely different, of course? Let’s say you run a billion dollar company that most people associated with killing millions of people through tobacco products. I am referring to Philip Morris, of course. What do you do if you run this bad name company? Change it to Altria, of course.

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Banning Sign Language on a New Jersey School Bus

When I used to take a bus to school, I remember it being a rowdy ride most of the time. The kids were always bouncing up and down in the seats, despite the bus driver always going out of his way to show us the importance of putting on a seat belt. Some kids used to play a politically incorrect game called the “Chinese Fire Drill” in which they would jump into the seat directly in front of theirs. There was, naturally, plenty of horseplay on the bus.

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Marlon Brando and the Promise of Danger

Danger is the most important essence an actor can bring to the stage because it is nigh impossible to capture.  The most dangerous actor in the history of the American Theatre is Marlon Brando.

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Creating Dramatic Tension

Any performance — live or “recorded live on tape” — is nothing without tension.  The live stage is filled with tension because of its unique requirement of being presented in live time while anything can happen. 

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