Theater Matters – notes from EMOS 2009 Part III

Today has been a bit slow at EMOS for me. I did attend the 2pm matinee of the University of Oregon’s student production of Metamorphoses in the Robinson Theatre, however, and even though I happened to see the Tony-award winning Broadway production in 2002, I was mightily impressed with the production here. It helps, of course, when the show is lined with a cast of beautiful teens and twenty-somethings. (makes even a late thirties [nameless]theater artist and blogger feel old!)

I sat with Moe Beitiks of the Green Museum Blog for the performance, and you may or may not be happy to hear that prior to the show she convinced me why she thought ecoTheater remained valuable to the ongoing “green art” discourse. Thanks, Moe: after some thought, I’ve realized that I needed to hear that — especially in the way you put it.

Speaking of which…

It’s been nothing short of a pleasure to have met and spent time with both Ian Garrett of the CSPA and Moe. I’ve corresponded and followed their work closely over the last two or three years, and though their reputations preceed them, they have been entirely pleasant, and wonderful, articulate, honest sounding boards. Artists in America — indeed, across the globe — are lucky to have them working so tirelessly.

I’m sure I’ll have yet more to say tomorrow about my entire, albeit abbreviated, EMOS experience as I travel back to the Midwest. Until then…

5 Responses to “Theater Matters – notes from EMOS 2009 Part III”

  1. 1 Moe
    May 26, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Sing it, Mike! I meant it when I said ecoTheater provides valuable discourse. We need folks like you writing to help us digest the meaning and impact of the movement (and I totally agree that the cast of metamorphoses was cute).

  2. May 26, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Great to meet you at EMOS, Mike! It was an exciting event — lots of theater, lots of bicycling (I rented a bike and rode down by the river on Saturday and Sunday, which was gorgeous), and lots of great people talking about important topics. I feel reinvigorated! Wish I’d had longer to just sit and talk with folks, though.


    • May 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm

      Ellen, it was good to meet you, and I do wish I had more time to chat with you — I’d also like to talk to you for an article I’m writing about EMOS for Dramatics. I’ll drop you an email. Thanks for the thought-provoking, heart wrenching work — did I mention that you had tears in my eyes near the end? –m.

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