Every performer has moments of self doubt. The great ones, however,overcome every obstacle to reach their full artistic potential. It takes talent, to be sure, but it also takes a personality that simply will not settle for second best. That's what makes us respect the effort and admire the results.
Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.
Everything placed in the performance space, with the characters, creates a context for their story.
Failure in the theatre is more dramatic and uglier than in any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty.
|Lillian||Hellman||The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips|
Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.
Festivals promote the improvement of theater. They give theater people the opportunity to meet, to present their dramatic skills and see what their fellow theater workers are doing (and how well). They offer opportunities for exchange of ideas, competition, and social contact. Participants get a chance to go on the road, to play in an unfamiliar environment. They have an opportunity to evaluate themselves by the reactions of judges and a new audience. Participants may also measure themselves by comparison to the other groups entered. Festivals often result in joyful, stimulating, exciting, and rewarding experiences.
First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.
For an actress to be a success she must have the face of Venus, the brains of Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros.
|Ethel||Barrymore||George Jean Nathan: The Theatre in the Fifties|
Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.
God comes to us in theater [in] the way we communicate with each other, whether it be a symphony orchestra, or a wonderful ballet, or a beautiful painting, or a play. It's a way of expressing our humanity.
|Julie||Harris||Christian Science Monitor 15 May 79|