Category Archives: Theatre


DAILY MUSE | Go see a play. Not a musical. A play. I went to see “Doubt” last night, playing in the Shubert Theater in New Haven. It starred Cherry Jones, who won the Tony Award for her role as Sister Aloysius on Broadway in 2005. It’s a rare treat for a play on tour to have the originator of a role in the touring company- let alone having the Tony Award winning originator of the role. Needless to say, both the performance and the evening were magnificent.

There really is no substitute for live theater. It offers unique creative opportunities, even as a mere member of the audience. On the one hand you have a singular opportunity to witness (both individually and in community) the stunning immediacy of well expressed emotions on a fabulously creative journey. On the other hand its an awesome opportunity for a helluva night on the town– we drifted through New Haven last night, letting one place lead us to the next, while we discussed the themes if the play… and life… and what have you. Either way you look at it you can’t miss.

Today, it seems that most people entertaining the possibility of seeing a live show are automatically drawn to see a musical. While musicals are a joy to see live and in person, there is a sacred intimacy to a play that I have yet to experience in a musical that deserves it’s own place of honor. Go pay homage. Go see a play!

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Interview with Meryl Streep

DAILY MUSE | While a few years old now, this is a fascinating interview with Meryl Streep. I love to hear artists speak about their background in creativity. I think it provides immense inspiration to others on the creative path.

Also, it has the full length scene from “Sophie’s Choice” when you find out the horrific choice that Sophie had to make– stunning work.

TODAY’S MUSE: Connect With A Creative Ally

DAILY MUSE | It’s easier to be creative in community– with creative allies who will give you the permission to show up as the creative genius that you are. As allies they’ll give you the space to reinvent yourself- or the space to just show up and be great. They’ll listen to and honor your ideas. They’ll mirror them back to you. Sometimes magnifying them and expanding them. The more you surround yourself with creative allies, the more permission you will have to show up as creatively.

List all the people you know. Who among them are your creative allies? Or have the potential to be one? Connect with one today. Now, in fact. Pick up the phone. Make a lunch appointment. Or a date to go to a museum. Or to a play. Honor your current creative allies. Reach out and cultivate new ones. And also look to see who you might be a creative ally for? Reach out to that person. Be generous with them. Create and give them the space to just be great in.

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TODAY’S MUSE: The Discontinuity Principle

Belvedere, by M. C. Escher

DAILY MUSE | via Creativity Web | Disruption offers creative possibilities.

The more you are used to something, the less stimulating it is for our thinking.

When you disrupt your thought patterns, those ideas that create the greatest stimulus to our thinking do so because they force us to make new connections in order to comprehend the situation. Roger van Oech calls this a “Whack on the Side of the Head”, and Edward de Bono coined a new word, PO, which stands for “Provocative Operation”.

Try programming interruptions into your day. Change working hours, get to work a different way, listen to a different radio station, read some magazines or books you wouldn’t normally read, try a different recipe, watch a TV program or film you wouldn’t normally watch.

Provocative ideas are often stepping stones that get us thinking about other ideas. Abutting ideas next to each other, such that their friction creates new thought-paths a technique that flourishes in the east (haiku poetry and Zen koans) but causes discomfort in Western thinking.

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Beware the Blue Meanies

DAILY MUSE | Here is a link to a full length version of The Beatles Yellow Submarine. Very creative graphics. Someone must have been trippin’. Enjoy! But beware the Blue Meanies.

Hello Dali

DAILY MUSE | Here is a wonderful documentary on surrealist Salvador Dali.

(Last week, I used his image “Persistance of Memory” in this post.)

Absolutely Fabulous Documentary

DAILY MUSE | I found a great documentary on the massively creative show “Absolutely Fabulous”– one of my absolute favorites– it’s humor is lethal. The documentary is chock full of information about the genesis and development of this ground-breaking show. Enjoy and have a great laugh today!

(The videos have a slightly annoying label that pops up asking you to buy a key to watch it, but I find it easily ignored. However, I cannot find a link to buy it. If anyone knows of one, please tell me.)

Part 1

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