I love it when people ask me “How do you do this?!”
I love it even more when it is coming from someone who does something I can’t fathom or make sense of (firemen, doctors, people who run charity organizations or fly to Ghana to teach kids…)
There are so many people in the world doing so many amazing things, and yet… we wonder at one another’s ability to do the things we ourselves simply can’t.
And to me, this is the universal proof that we are each of us meant to follow our own path… in the hopes of arriving at (perhaps) some collective betterment of mankind.
Which is why, as when those very same people ask me about the theater process, I tell them that, much like any grand accomplishment, it takes a village.
It’s not enough to have an idea, you need the encouragement to pursue it.
It’s not enough to put words to page, you need the mentorship to help you sculpt it.
It’s not enough to write a thing, you need eyes and ears to experience it.
And then you sit down and get to work at making that thing better.
Because if you’re patient, if you’re tenacious, if you keep at it and keep at it and keep at it… that thing of yours just might come to life.
A painter might get an exhibition, a cellist might get a concert, and a playwright might get a production…
…Which is when all the other villagers truly roll up their sleeves; all believing in the magic of your imagination. This is when they commit to helping deliver this egg of yours to the masses (be it twelve noble ticket holders or hordes of Broadway die-hards)
And you sit in awe and wonder of this living, breathing, writhing beast of theater taking shape before you – a beautiful exquisite beast…
Yes, it takes a friggin’ village.
And this is why I’m so excited to be a part of the LAFPI movement.
A word with implied resistance to stagnancy. It infers, no in fact, demands change…
The LAFPI is an opportunity for revelation of thought, practice, and life…
But it will take the whole village… can you hear the shirtsleeves rolling?