Monday, October 12, 2009

Art for Arts sake

Empty Theater Pictures, Images and Photos

Yesterday I went to see a play. A community effort, but more than that, my mother's latest appearance. She's been away from the stage for many years. I always worried my children wouldn't see her act. It's how she shines.

We drove the half hour to the theater. My girls and my gram piled into the wagon. We sat down in our seats and took in the transformed black box. It was fantastic! The acting troupe did an amazing job with few resources. A production of Uncle Vanya (Chekhov), the set needed a lush, dilapidation that isn't easy to depict.

The translation was current and engaging. The acting was professional. The experience well worth the 20$ donation.

There were six people in the audience, including us.

My grandmother tsked her way through the play, "It's such a shame.... If only there were more people to see..." And she was right, of course. But still...

The actors acted with as much joy in their hearts as if it were a packed house.

Art for arts sake. Production for joy. Validation through doing.

An important lesson. For me, for my kids, for my students, and for my writing pals.

Press on.

XO
S

22 comments:

  1. I wish there were more people there too! I suppose the lesson is huge for all artists and especially for us writers. WE must derive the joy from the simple act of doing but so many times we wish we could share with a packed house. Perhaps one day, right?

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  2. This is a great lesson. The joy of writing for the sake of writing should be what's important to us. Thanks for the reminder.

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  3. How great for your mom to return to the stage! That is inspiring, even though there weren't enough people to see the dream.

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  4. As always, you see beneath the surface. If we all did what we do with passion, and not necessarily because someone will see and admire, but for the sake of the act itself, I think we'd all be happier in our sincerity. A great something to think about, this morning!

    Nevine

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  5. Congrats to your Mom..If only one enjoyed, and that being herself, then in my opinion, it was a great success. I for ONE also am injoying an opportunity a young artist asked me in which to participate

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  6. does anyone know how to teach me spelling?

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  7. Thanks! Needed to hear that! Congrats to your mom too! Sweet! :o)

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  8. That's a really good message. And how cool that your kids got to see your mom perform - and that she still loves it now! Awesome.

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  9. great blog keep up the good work

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  10. Sometimes we only perform for ourselves. This is something I've had to learn during my artistic endeavors.

    I'm glad your kids got to see your mom act! Fun times.

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  11. I think that's awesome that they acted their hearts out even if there wasn't a large audience. That's the way to live life.

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  12. An important lesson learned by me too, thank you!

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  13. I am so glad that your kids got to see her. I wish my mother was doing something worth seeing :) She paints. But not for anyone. That's kind of the way she lives her life. Am I sounding bitter? :)

    Great post Suzanne.

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  14. A soft spot of my heart just got all warm.

    Yeah.

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  15. That's so wonderful! My husband's an actor. I really appreciated this post. :)

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  16. I'm sure you six made more applause than a whole roomful could have. Glad your family was able to go. :O)

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  17. I'll echo the sentiment of everyone else who has read (and probably internalized) this post: there is no better point to be made on a blog platform.

    It's something that we all need to remember when no one's seeing our writing or visiting our blogs regularly.

    Thanks for the reminder!

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