Pamela Harris

Easing Into Summer June 2, 2016

I've been seeing a ton of plays. LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT and BURIED CHILD and ECLIPSED and THE FATHER and FOOL FOR LOVE. One of my favorites, even in that line-up was NOISES OFF. I laughed myself out of my chair.

I have a theater crew who I see most of the plays with. Two of our crew were in the reading I did in December. All of us usually go out before or after whatever we've just seen to hash it over. And then we gossip a little, then spend a few hours talking about whatever.

For the first time in all my years in New York, I feel like I finally have a creative community. As a visual artist I make studio visits and have studio visits, and I have one or two close painter friends who I speak with regularly. But the art world has always been more isolating. Maybe because it's not collaborative the way theater or TV or film is. Or maybe it's because I'm changing. Studying with Wynn has opened me up in ways I didn't know I was closed. Whatever it is, I love getting together with my crew once a week and rubbing noses.


Curious. After reading that your favorite play was Noises Off, I wasn't sure if your last word should be rubbing Noses, or rubbing Noises?
But then I noticed your two Nose pictures of Ginger, so I figured you meant rubbing Noses as a play on words.... or did you mean a play on pictures? I get so confused. Just chalk up this comment to Completely Irrelevant, and leave it at that.

Paul Murphy | June 6, 2016 at 02:56 pm

Wow !! What a pleasant surprise. So nice to hear from you.Hope all is going well, and you are doing fine. I know four of the plays you mentioned ( O'neill, Strindberg, and the 2 by Sam Shepard, all of these on my Favorite Plays List), but I don't know either Eclipsed, or Noises Off. Since you enjoyed them so much, I'll have to read them and give you a book report. How is your play coming? Which I assume I still have a standing invitation to see when it opens. Hope it's going well. Glad you're enjoying your "Crew", which, in today's world, has so many different connotations. AS for the Art World, having been so immersed in it in the past, to me it's mostly a gigantic Con Job. There is zero correlation between Value and Validity; it's merely who has the best Marketing Technique. At least that's my take, specifically for the Modern Art World of today. However, I'm rarely right about anything, so I'm probably wrong about this too. Thanks for posting. It makes me happy to hear from you. I wish you the best of everything. Paul

Paul Murphy | June 6, 2016 at 02:43 pm

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