Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Macbeth, Act V, scene v
Morose sentiment notwithstanding, the corpus of he who penned these lines is testament to a profound conviction in Life’s significance! Still, as always, the Bard is spot on.
With props, “business,” and dialog Theater tells a story. Live Theater uses props, business and dialog. What’s the story?
In no small measure props, our “Stuff,” sofas, chairs, tables, clothes, BMWs and Kias, desktops and laptops, cell phones and TV’s, Airliners, locomotives and International Space Stations, define us!
And the “busy-ness!” We are busy. Scurrying, speeding, scheming, working, playing, fighting, killing, rarely still. Blaise Pascal wrote, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
Finally, the piece driving Live Theater’s comedy and tragedy, dialog! We talk, inside and out loud. We continually chatter. And we write. Worldwide, written dialog overflows bookstore and library shelves. Robert Service wrote, “The Devil grins at these seas of ink I splatter. God forgive my literary sins. The other kind don’t matter.” I like to think writing is my greatest sin.
Props, business, dialog, but what is Live Theater’s story? What hides in plain sight on the chairs and sofas, beneath the strutting and fretting, amid the continual chatter, the sound and fury? What did Shakespeare and even poor Macbeth know? What do actors, actresses, artists in all medium work so hard to capture? What vital, perhaps-too-often-unnoticed piece drives Live Theater’s Comedy and Tragedy? What makes Live Theater not a tale told by and idiot?” What makes it worth the price of a ticket?
People matter! Human Relationship drives Live Theater’s push and pull, confusion and conflict, agony and ecstasy, love and, yes, hate. What matters, really matters, and is, perhaps ironically, the wellspring of my happiness is your happiness. Loving you almost as much as my own dear self.
Human Relationship makes Live Theater worth watching and life worth living!