Well, lookee here. I’m back.
As you may recall, back in late August, I was diagnosed with cancer, and life took an unexpectedly different course. Suddenly, there were things that mattered, and things tha, well, didn’t matter as much. This blog was one of them, as was my entire focus on green theater, and my correspondence and burgeoning relationships with those people deeply involved and active in the green theater movement that is slowly taking hold in pockets here and there (mostly on the coasts — with me here in the midwest!). I started a new blog that seemed more crucial called The C Word, and did my best to keep writing through what was undoubtedly the shittiest trials I’ve ever gone through in my life — namely, chemotherapy. There were other dark valleys as well being experienced, especially the true realization of my mortality while only in my early thirties (okay, maybe early mid-thirties). It hasn’t been fun, but I’ve learned a lot, and (as far as this blog and part of my life is concerned) I have begun to emerge on the right side of cancer with no less passion for the green theater movement — and no less hope for what role I may play within it.
A lot has happened too. Especially, I think, concerning our friend Ian Garrett out in California. He’s managed to position himself quite well, and at the moment appears to be the individual with the most potential for affecting change in the theater community in this country. That’s not to say that there aren’t organizations still out there making progress, but Ian has seemingly stuck his nose right into the middle of one of the largest producing theater organization in the country: The Center Theatre Group (CTG) in Los Angeles. Ian received the CTG’s Richard E. Sherwood Award in November, including a $10,000 grant to study how to create theater in a sustainable manner. And what a study that will be. Perhaps Ian will give theater artists the world over something to chew on — and green practices that can be applied in theatrical production too.
In other news, those of you paying the slightest attention may have noticed that no article on green theater ever appeared in American Theatre. Well, shit. Unfortunately, between my illness, and the magazine’s seeming inability to approach the topic I was writing on in a way they felt comfortable with, the piece faltered, fell apart, and left me with a deal to create another piece for the magazine that will leave reporting the facts behind, and bring forth the sort of no nonsense writing I’m better known for here. I’ll keep you posted on that one.
So, welcome back to ecoTheater. I’m here to stay this time.