File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 332


Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 19:04:41 -0700
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] NBC "HEROES" features evil puppeteer tonight on U.S.


All this talk about good and evil... the stuff of ourselves...... and our
others within.Conrad, did you ever see the Faust film of mine?
If you did, tell me your thoughts, if you have some, about it.
If not, I'll send you a copy.
cheers,
Steven Ritz-Barr (I met you in DC on that long busride)

On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 5:44 PM, The Independent Eye <eye-AT-independenteye.org
> wrote:

> >Ho No Conrad, you're being tempted!
> >Fight it brother, fight it with all your might!
> >
> >Or at least, don't become too evil...or too good at being evil.
> >After all, Good, evil, nowadays it's hard to judge what is and what
> >isn't,especially in day-to day stuff.
>
>         Not to worry.  I once told someone I'd been saved from
> mediocrity by a lack of talent for it.  Ditto evil.
>
> >Whatever the definition, I still believe in Good and Evil, in their true
> >forms.  If you have ever met someone really evil, you understand. No
> >excuse like
> >"they are misled, ignorant, or being manipulated". Some of them are very
> >aware of their actions and motives, and take great pleasure in causing
> pain,
> >despair, and destruction.
>
>         Well, as a rather vengeful human by temperament if not by
> action, I sorta agree.  As a playwright I'm still looking for the
> sources of that nature, because I don't feel babies pop out with the
> mark of Cain stamped on'em.  That's in no way to excuse the vileness,
> only to seek its sources.
>
> >But then again, if Puppetry was put at maximum strenght, in the service of
> >Good, can you imagine the amount of good it would do?  At the
> >moment, since our Art is still so "in the fringe", not all its
> >potential has been witnessed by the masses.
> >But every little step counts!  Kudos to all who enlighten, teach,
> >and entertain with Puppetry, step by
> >step.  I think the world needs it.
>
>         Agreed totally.  I remember about 50+ years ago, as a college
> undergraduate, reading a book by the designer Robert Edmund Jones,
> which was a bit too florid and hyper-inspirational for my taste.  But
> I still remember:  At the end of a chapter where he was vehemently
> preaching the sacred power of theatre to uplift and inspire and save
> humanity, he then said something to the effect of ... So does that
> mean that when you're at the top of an extension ladder, focusing
> lights and selecting gel and yelling at your lighting crew and
> pushing against the deadline for tech rehearsal to start, are you
> actually supposed to be thinking about the sacred mission of
> theatre???  And his answer to his own rhetorical question:  Yes.
>
>        An absurdly romantic notion.  But though I haven't always
> been faithful to it, the essence of it stuck with me.  Even when
> lugging heavy cases into a gig at 8 a.m.  I don't think you can work
> in any form of theatre without to some extent - even if you'd
> vehemently deny it - subscribing to just a bit of that blessed
> absurdity.
>
> Peace & joy-
> Conrad B.
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Steven Ritz-Barr
Metropolitan Puppet Authority
www.lapuppet.com
www.classicsinminiature.com
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