Honestly Kid

by Daniel Damkoehler


Confessions of an Audience Member

I should know better. As a guy with two theatre degrees, I know first hand the terrors (and joys) of putting oneself and one's work before an audience. You can try to tell yourself that you don't 'need' or even 'want' their approval, but the truth is you wouldn't be there at all if you didn't. Rod Serling's voice is under any live presentation saying "submitted for your approval" to ... +more+

November 25, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Tech,Theatre

Steve Carell Retrieval Problems

It was May of 1992. I was driving across the country in a tiny faded yellow early 80s model Honda Civic. We stopped in Chicago. While Los Angeles rioted over Rodney King and other cities reacted in sympathy, Chicago remained calm, cool, and good humored. I remember many things about that trip: meeting my first Pynchon fanatic, seeing the White Sox, drinking Old Granddad from a ... +more+

November 10, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Theatre

Why I Left Theatre Part 2 — Fear

Maybe it's the cover of the latest issue of Wired that clunked its way through our mail slot yesterday, but I started thinking about fear in the shower this morning. Pretty quickly my thoughts drifted to theatre and what I didn't do with it since earning my two degrees. I'd be kidding myself and lying to you if I didn't admit that Fear played a ... +more+

October 20, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Theatre

Why I Left Theatre

If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience. - John Cage
Substitute theatre for music in the passage above and that's pretty much the problem I was facing back in the mid-90s. I wanted more experience. More life. And it had ... +more+

October 14, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Theatre