“Happy children should not try to be artists. You have to be born with a broken heart and a sense of loneliness inside. I never had a happy moment as a child myself.”
I was so inspired by Caroline Prugh's beautiful new play BETWIXT THEM MADE, that I wanted to share the production's program notes as this week's theatre quotes. Enjoy!
The title comes from a 1928 marriage blessing… “That they, living faithfully together, may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made…and…remain in perfect love and peace…
-from Caroline Prugh, Playwright
There has been a great deal of talk in our country recently about marriage, and specifically about who should be allowed to get married. And there is a contingent of people who argue that there should be restrictions on marriage in order to “protect” it. What they are right about is that marriage is precious and should be honored. What they are wrong about is what marriage actually is. Marriage is not just between a man and a woman, it is not just a legal agreement, it is not just about children or even about God. True marriage is a partnership, a covenant made between two - any two - people who agree to get down in the trenches together and love one another even in the most unlovable moments. At least that's what I believe. And that is what this play celebrates - in both its moments of joy and sorrow.
-from Cat Miller, Director
He’s probably going to have issues his whole life. They always do. It’s like I told Rebecca, stay away from the damaged ones. Leave those broken ones to the social workers. Keep them away from -
-Simone Marie Martelle, Damaged
I am sending all of my dramaturgical love and support to the Damaged cast and crew today!
"Opposites attract, but can they endure?"
-Angelica Chéri, THE YIN AND THE YANG
I cannot wait to see the fabulous Angelica Cheri's latest piece, THE YIN AND THE YANG, this weekend! Information on the show is below; and you can read an interview with Angelica here.
Columbia School of the Arts, Theatre Arts The Basement Plays Series Presentsa workshop production of THE YIN AND THE YANG
Written By Angelica Chéri
Directed By Katie Naka
Featuring Simone Leonora
and Donovan Christie Jr.
Are passion, intrigue and adventure enough to keep a relationship afloat when your other half can’t contribute their fair share? While Iris and Mo struggle to keep their love from sinking, a little smokable friend named Mother Earth comes to play devil’s advocate.
FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY
Thursday, March 29 at 8 pm,Friday, March 30 at 8 pm,Saturday, March 31 at 2 pm,Saturday, March 31 at 8 pm &Sunday, April 1 at 2 pm
Stage Manager Whitney Dearden
Producer Shuang Wu
Schapiro Studio605 West 115th Street
Between Riverside & Broadway
Take 1 Train to 116th Street/Broadway
Admissions are FREE.For Ticket Reservations Please Email to:Yin.Yang.The.Play@gmail.com
"When I come into the theatre I get a sense of security.
I love an audience. I love people, and I act because I like trying to give pleasure to people."
"Writing is about letting go. Which is difficult. But a good lesson. And perhaps will leak into other areas of your life. I think writing is forgiveness. A type of forgiveness, a way to forgive. Because it is letting go. And it's the opposite of forgetting. It's recording. And it's about validating feelings. It's not about condoning behavior, but clarifying how we truly feel about behavior. It is a place where we can truly be honest. That is why writing will
never be a dying art. It is medicine. Amongst a multitude of other things."
"Whatever additional tasks- sometimes very practical and certainly highly varied-the dramaturge takes on in the course of an artistic process, there always remain several constants present in his work; dramaturgy is always concerned with the conversion of feeling into knowledge, and vice versa. Dramaturgy is the twilight zone between art and science."
-Marianne Van Kerkhoven,
Looking without pencil in the hand
(Thanks to Jess Applebaum for this quote!)