It can be very hard.
And I would suggest, dear Playwrights, that these artistic statements that we are constantly asked to write and rewrite and update, even when it feels stupid to have to do it all over again, I would suggest that even though other people require them of us, that they are not really for other people, but rather they are for us. That they are part of the way that we can get through the days of being constantly rejected, and being poor, that they are the reminders of why we got into this in the first place.
And so, even when things are at their most awful, we can find a way to keep the fire burning, to keep the faith. By writing the artistic statement again, and articulating to ourselves, and for ourselves, what we value, we can create a document that allows us to see the forest for the trees, and to be reminded that what we are doing is worth the effort. Some writers write to entertain, some write to make a political point, some write as therapy, some write for money, and all of these reasons and more are perfectly valid reasons to take up the art of playwriting.
All of us, in our own ways, are interested in The Truth.
And all of us, in our own ways, have access to parts of this Truth — I know things about being alive that only I know, and so do you, and so does everyone else that we encounter as we move through life. It is as if each of us is given a small portion of The Truth, and we can do with it what we will.
We can hide it, exploit it, try to gain from it in some way. Or we can share it, as if a beacon to others. A way to say: these are the things that I know. And a way to ask others: what do you know that I do not? And so, while doing my best to be sensitive to the politics and social upheavals of our time, and to weave such awareness into my plays, I must say that my ultimate goal is something other than politics, something other than crusading for social causes. Rather, the goal is to create art that sits inside the contradictions and paradoxes of life beyond the issues of our time, that wrestles with the fear of death, and alienation, and loneliness, and spirituality — to meditate on these parts of life, and to hopefully, if successful, get closer to sharing The Truth that each of us already knows, and in so doing, become more connected to each other.
He also wrote and performed the solo piece fire chases the sky into nothingness.
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