“The group’s central premise can’t be dismissed: The institutional structures of Los Angeles theater are too weak for an urban center of this size and cultural prestige. Modification to union agreements that points the way toward growth and development is the obvious answer. How to get there is much more complicated.”
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“Standing around watching a show in a room that appears to have been designed by an Oxford Street store window dresser doesn’t magically make the audience experience something immersive, no matter how many stuffed animals you incorporate into the set.”
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To answer your question as honestly as I can, I’ve wanted since I was very little to not have to worry about money. I’ve never been poverty-level poor (I mean, there’s been years where I’ve been officially beneath the poverty line, but that wasn’t poverty: that was being a student and living the Student Lifestyle), but I’ve been in a place where you know you can’t afford a better-quality food, where you can’t do certain things because of money, and I’d prefer not to have those problems if I can. I sort of have troubles with money in general, with how it determines so much of our lives but with how we all try to ignore it, but I would like to be (and stay) in a place where I can pick up some new comics and games and not worry about how much they cost.
This is terrible; you’re asking me where I want to be in the future, what I want my life to be like, and the only thing I can tell you is ‘Man, all I know is I don’t want to be POOR.’"
— Ryan North (via observando)
As a person of color, 90% of the time when I go to see theater in New York City, it is not for me. But guess what I do: as a person of theater — and the main aspect of theater is sitting in a room with people and having empathy for people who do not look or sound like me, who come from different backgrounds — I expand my horizons, which is the point of theater.
You don’t trick people into pretending like “oh, this is for you” when it’s not. You tell them to expand their horizons, and explain why this is important, why you need to, as an older, white person in a metropolitan area, see something that is not about you and actually identify with the universal themes. Because that’s what people of color have to do all the time, 24/7 when they look at tv, when they go to theater, when they go see a movie. Otherwise you would go crazy and just be pissed off and never seen anything if you’re a black person. You have to become a better listener and a better audience member."
I’m a broken record, but listen to this week’s Maxamoo. Worth it for this speech.