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February 18, 2009


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Scott Walters

As somebody whose stock in trade is ideas, I would argue pretty strongly with your devaluation of ideas. Both art and ideas come from the imagination, the creation of something new and original from the given circumstances of the world.


I'm not devaluing ideas, I love ideas! I'm a huge fan of ideas! But thinking descriptively for a moment... an idea is on some level *not the end result of creation* because nothing is created. It reminds me of Eddie Izzard's joke "Leonardo Da Vinci created a helicopter that didn't work. And so did I".

I'm trying to describe why a heated argument about one's political theories is not going to hold the same potential for deep hurt and/or upset that a discussion about one's play will.

I think it's worth noting that most of my stock in trade is ideas too, I do far more writing these days and thinking out loud than I do directing.

Jason Grote

I stopped having ideas last year and it's the best thing I ever did. I replaced them with particle board, just to keep my head from collapsing.

Guy Yedwab

I was once in a tough workshop where someone brought in a very close, personal set of emails which were very dear in their heart. After reading the emails to the group, there was a silence. Everyone was afraid to deal with the emails because, well, they were so personal and private.

Then one of the cast members decided to make some adjustments. He started out by asking the person who brought in the emails, "Can I treat these emails as a dramatic text?" From that point forward, we were able to work with the emails like we would work with Hamlet, or Macbeth.

I guess what I'm saying is that all of our art has to come from inside of us, but it has to go to the outside world, and once its out there, it has to be treated like dramatic text, like something for everyone. The artist doesn't have monopoly over their work--it's something they've given to the people who've paid to see it, to the community it's presented for.

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