|General, Musical Theatre||
There is a traditional trick that theatre people have played as long as I can remember. A veteran member of a company will order a gullible newcomer to find the key to the curtain. Naturally, the joke is there is no such thing. I have been in the theatre over fifty years, and I don't think anyone would consider me naive, but all my life I've been searching for that key. And I'm still looking. . . .
|Acting, Backstage, Directing, General||
There is a kind of classlessness in the theater. The rehearsal pianist, the head carpenter, the stage manager, the star of the show--all are family.
|John||Kander||It Happened On Broadway|
There are two kinds of theatre, good and bad. Much as I should like to see theatre in America, I would rather have no theatre than bad theatre. What we must strive for is perfection and come as close to it as is humanly possible
There are no small parts, there are only small actors.
|Konstantin||Stanislavksy||The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips|
Theatrical design is different from many other art forms in that it is a collaborative art. No one theatre artist works independently to create a performance.
|Kaoime||Malloy||The Art of Theatrical Design|
A drop shouldn't and a
Tripping is O.K.
A Strike is work
Theatre is like a virus: once you get it you can't get rid of it.
Theatre is interesting because it's a very collaborative process. Typically I'm working with a director, a set designer, a costume designer and a sound designer too. That means that there are a number of perspectives that are brought into any particular script. Typically the director has the final say in where we go conceptually with a piece but we all have an opportunity to influence that direction and typically that direction is based on the script. As such, my studies in english and philosophy have enriched my ability to take a look at a text and react to it in my own way so that I can bring to the table what I consider to be an informed perspective. Then we negotiate the project's process and it's always quite enriching. Projects basically come out of a bond of trust that you have created. As I have progressed throughout my career I have gravitated to people who I feel a common bond with; who I seem to be able to communicate with. We establish a trust and then we go about our project. Very often I will work with someone for three or four years and we will have a particularly creative time and then, for whatever reasons, we will go our separate ways and new bonds will be established. It's an extremely communal approach to the arts. [Lighting designer Jock Munro]
Theatergoing is a communal act, movie going a solitary one.
Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.
|William||Inge||Saturday Review 22 Feb 64|