Theater Voices: 100 Short Essays
Theater presents a marvelous opportunity to see the world around us in a different way. Theater is 100% out of context — as Sir Ian McKellen points out, “the whole thing is illusion.”
It is the most marvelous conceit to think that we can pretend our way into a life. But we do! We suspend our disbelief. As Sir Patrick Stewart points out, theater removes our normal way of thinking and renders us naked.
Theater is about possibilities, breaking rules, reconstructing ourselves, removing our context and re-creating it. It reveals who we think we are, who we really are, what we want to be, and what we have become. It is “me” and “us” at the same time. And to work, it has to be shared.
Jeff Webster and I (Scott Charles) invite you to tell us about your theater experiences — as an actor, director, stage hand, author or producer or all of those. There are some great stories to be told. A few lines, a paragraph or two, photos, whatever you want to share. You can submit as many as you want. I have no problem with publishing several stories from the same person. As long as it’s in your own words it’s good. And by all means feel free to mention your favorite theater, show, actor. Don’t worry about blatant self-promotion — go for it!
When we have 100 stories, we’ll publish an eBook. We’re still working on the details, so stay tuned.
We also plan on donating a substantial part of the sales to the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Stay tuned for more on that as well.