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By Anne Bogart

A thought-provoking exam of the demanding situations of creating theatre.

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I sell myself nothing. (Pablo Picasso) An audience in the theatre should be engaged by the events but also slightly distressed about what is happening. The interactions, the words and the actions onstage have to be fresh and untamed and undismissible. Actors are confronted with the enormous task of awakening sleeping clichés. For example, the words ‘I love you’, because they have been said so often, have no meaning unless they are undefined, distorted, turned and offered up anew. Only then might they be fresh and hearable.

There has to be a star. Group effort is a sign of weakness. We revere the cowboy riding out alone across the prairie. We are brought up to make money and spend it on ourselves. People are considered successful if they get rich and appear on television. Commercial success is applauded. I want something else. I looked for a connection to an earlier American culture in order to find an alternate route into the future. The McCarthy era was not the genesis of American paranoia. The theatre in the United States was not born a commercial entity although it became, to a large extent, dependent upon its mercantile viability.

I decided to conduct a roots search to find my place in the continuum of the history of the American theatre. I wanted to actively remember the past in order to use it. Whom and what could I channel? I wanted to feel the past and its people in the rehearsal room with me and allow them to influence my choices as a director. I started by attempting to identify dominant influences on my work. The most immediate influences were easily accessible. During the late 1960s, theatre in the United States under-went an eruption, almost a revolution.

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