So first of all February came and went in a blur….we are working on some Brecht and Greek material only scratching the surface of this complex literature but being reminded that the plays of an era are certainly a major reflection of the time in which they are written not only the writers own life but the world he or she is inhabiting. The world of the play is really its style. Michel Saint Denis was the great articulator of the idea of style. HE said “Style is the man himself..” Meaning that everything that goes into the evolution of a man’s life is the style of the work. History, Politics, Social class and education, Family, birth order, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, war and peace…relationships…The young conservatory is doing Tennessee Williams one of the most overtly autobiographical writers I know. In that case style is absolutely the man himself.
So MARCH. We have Brecht and Greek piece called Speechlessness ironically on March 9th. Then an irish play for irish night at Skylite Station called “Meatless Friday” by my favorite woman from drama school Brighde Mullins on March 15th. First friday is March 7th at 910 arts and Amber Fries our donor and board member and major part of this company is having a show of her new work on Beaty and the Sublime at Ice Cube Gallery. Her last show called the “Fog” was amazing and moving and inspiring. Her images are beautiful and disturbing and make you pause and think. Please come support her and this work by coming at 6 on MArch 7th! It is challenging and exciting to be in this environment where artists from different disciplines and backgrounds are influencing each other. This is the best part about the Art District location for all of us. Then I am proud and excited to start working with the brilliant Gary Grundei on March 11th. Spots are open We are going to look at Tom Waits’ adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Music and scene and the avant grade….and a performance April 13 as well as a possible performance at the Art Museum so look out for this and if you are an actor or singer please contact us ASAP! Then MArch 15th is also our first round of Auditions for the summer intensives as well as ongoing young conservatory classes. Adults and younger actors all welcome. Please come meet us if you haven’t or if you just miss us!
Finally time is going by too fast…I want to stop and breathe and think and reflect. Where are we going with this work? The pursuit of truth in acting, the study of technique, the study of great writing is an end in itself . It needs no artificial or overreaching goal. However this is somehow not enough for me personally right now. I see so many of us wishing for something better in our world, culture, community in Denver. Better how? Better quality of life. Better economic stability. Higher quality of work overall. Professional ethics and goals. Standards and excellence. Impact on the audience. More audience. How do we transform Denver into a center of art and thought and financially sustainable work for artists? We must keep studying and improving our work overall. Technique, depth, experience, ensemble, new ideas and ultimately new forms and content reflective of our moral and social concern will come in time through the trudging and study and application of technique. Most importantly it is endurance and commitment. I am not looking elsewhere. I am not here while I dream of something somewhere else that might be better. I will take who I am, where I have come from and the community I am in and try to forge something beautiful and powerful. I will keep working and I will be here now in the moment grateful for the past, grateful for this moment, and extremely full of hope for our future. If you want to join us our door is always open. And the answer is YES. I am looking for a few great men and women who have the faith and the commitment to stay and make something happen that has never happened before and will never happen again. A few great and visionary artists who want to be here nowhere else. Come find us. The work continues….