Striving after Perfection

I'm thinking about the time it takes to refine one's craft, to pursue perfection in the arts… Some pursue the refinement of their craft through productivity, regularly turning out work that grows in competence and effect as they go. They are up early, their drafts are submitted on time, and when the time comes, their piece is ready. Even if it is not perfect. The next project will be better... Then there are those who pursue their craft, whether deliberately or not, with no regard for audience…

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Integrating Islam onto our Stage and "The Will of Bernard Boynton"

If we are to use theatre to build community, are we better served by a theatre that focuses on making us doubt and question or by one seeking to open our understanding and empathy? These are not mutually exclusive, just as the head and the heart are not mutually exclusive. But which is the servant and which the master? ... Islam is a part of our community, but a part that our community is not yet comfortable with.

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A Troubled Marriage

Fifty years ago, African-American playwright Alice Childress wrote a play about the racial climate in her home town of Charleston, SC—the racial climate, that is, of fifty years before that in 1918. It's called Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White, and it laments the perpetual cycle of racial separation that seems impossible to overcome. This lament is embodied in the star-crossed lovers of Julia and Herman, who are black and white and very much in love, but whose people cannot abide their mutually-expressed union—the one side out of fear and suspicion, the other out of bigotry and privilege, the both institutionalized. 

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The Resurrection of Drama Circle

Dear friends,

I am happy to announce the reboot of Drama Circle with a new website, a new blog, and a new publication, and with a renewed vision of using the arts to build community.

  1. The website is still www.dramacircle.org but the look is all new, and it should work equally well on all devices. The content is changed some, streamlined to focus on a narrowed mission. 
  2. The blog is part of the website and will be the primary forum for a conversation on nurturing community through drama and other arts.
  3. My new play, The Will of Bernard Boynton, is now available in print and as an ebook! See the website for information on the play and on purchasing. (For a limited time, get 20% off this play and off The Lover at the Wall." (More details.) 

I'll be posting more in the days and weeks to come. If you like, have a look around the website--there are lots of pictures and videos of past projects. Like us on Facebook, and send a message or leave a comment if you find a problem or have a comment or question. 

Warm regards,
Mark Perry