Apr 16, 2015

Theatre is a PUBLIC Art Form

I continue my adventures on YouTube. This one is about the importance of the Audience in the Theatre.

See my full channel at: www.youtube.com/dribblefunk

Apr 9, 2015

Rumbleshanks Ep 2 is posted

The second episode of The Rumbleshanks Tapes is now up. In this episode the Captain chats with Agent Hanson about the pterodactyl (named Franklin Mint) that has roosted on the roof of a Potbelly sandwich shop in Dayton, Ohio.

Listen... HERE

Apr 7, 2015

How Theatre is NOT Dying

I am just starting out in my endeavor to launch a legit YouTube Channel. Here's my first video i9n that jump-cut/direct address way. Content good. Technical so so. Will get better.

Idea for video based on this blog post... HERE

The book discussed is Michio Kaku's Physics of the Future

Mar 31, 2015

Book Report: The Empty Space

“A stage space has two rules: (1) Anything can happen and (2) Something must happen.”  ~ Peter Brook, The Empty Space
I first read this book right after I graduated from college and have revisited it time and time again since. It is dense and Brook, as with his other books, is accessible and clear, but passionate. And he never dumbs down his thoughts and concepts for passive readers.

I have written of the wonderful things about Brook in a previous Book Report (about his book Threads of Time). He is one of my major influences. The Empty Space is one of the defining texts by Brook and, in my opinion, one of the defining texts about the theatre in the last century.

In a nutshell, Brook explores what was (is) wrong with the professional theatre by breaking it down into overlapping categories: The Deadly, The Holy, The Rough and the Immediate. The Immediate, or a theatre that genuinely lives in the moment between the performers and audience, is the goal for Brook (and for many of us that have been influenced by him).

The real value of this book is how it shifts one's mindset. Peter Brook's lines of exploration and questioning work to sort of move one's frame of reference. Reading Brook, who is serious in his criticism, I come away thinking differently about the theatre. Question everything. Take nothing for granted (even tradition). Never lose sight of the goal: to genuinely, truthfully and spontaneously engage and share something worth sharing with the audience. In this way, theatre may just create lasting memories for audiences.

In The Empty Space, Brook leaves us with an incredibly simple (though not easy) formula for what theatre can be. Here is a man that believes in the power of the stage, the infinity of a particular moment, and the saving grace of theatre. He is also well aware of the pitfalls, too. He's been there. And he's still out there. For that, I'm very glad.

Mar 29, 2015

Mar 27, 2015

Pics from CHOP at Tarrant County College

I was recently invited to perform CHOP at the college I teach at. It was sort of a faculty showcase project in the same way the music faculty plays jazz concerts throughout the year or the art faculty hang their works in the hallways.

Here's some photos from the week-long gig...

My "crew" of students who "work" on the show

Smashed cupcake