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A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre by Anne Bogart

By Anne Bogart

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

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I make decisions before I’m ready. It is the attempt to articulate that is both heroic and necessary. VIOLENCE ••• 49 One day, unable to attend rehearsal for the remount of a play I had directed with my company, the SITI Company, I invited one of my graduate directing students from Columbia University to cover for me. The next day I asked company member Ellen Lauren how the young man had performed as substitute director. ‘Not very well,’ she said. ’ I asked. ’ She explained that, from her point of view, it doesn’t really matter how erudite or naive the observation, but, as an actor, she needs the person responsible for watching, the director, to say something around which she can organize her next attempt.

If you cannot say it,’ wrote the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, ‘point to it/ In the midst of frightening uncertainty, I try to lean into the moment and point clearly. Even if I don’t know at what angle a chair should be on the stage, I try to act decisively anyway. I do the best I can. I make decisions before I’m ready. It is the attempt to articulate that is both heroic and necessary. VIOLENCE ••• 49 One day, unable to attend rehearsal for the remount of a play I had directed with my company, the SITI Company, I invited one of my graduate directing students from Columbia University to cover for me.

Eliot) Memory plays a huge role in the artistic process. Every time you stage a play, you are embodying a memory. Human beings are stimulated to tell stories from the experience of remembering an incident or a person. The act of expressing what is remembered is actually, according to the philosopher Richard Rorty, an act of redescription. In redescribing something, new truths are created. Rorty suggests that there is no objective reality, no Platonic ideal. We create truths by describing, or re-describing, our beliefs and observations.

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