You could have knocked us over with a feather when we heard Julianne Moore giving a shout-out to Dramatics magazine on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday. Already on our A-list for her note-perfect, Emmy-winning portrayal of Sarah Palin in Game Change on HBO (2012), Moore further endeared herself to the magazine staff by mentioning us (and her high school theatre teacher) in response to a question about how she chose to pursue a career as an actor.
I’m wearing three hats these days.
I just performed for the best audience of my entire life!
This was a big year for me in terms of creativity and finding new challenges. I took on a role in a mainstage production with my own students, and I co-wrote a play that was produced in a workshop production. Both of these projects were exciting, and a bit scary. Both challenged my safety zone and put me in a position where I could ask myself afresh who I am and how have I changed—two questions that are far less likely to occur when we repeat our usual work patterns year after year. In that play I co-authored, one of the characters observes angrily that no one ever really changes.
This week, our first-ever guest blogger…
Eddie Zipperer is a former Georgia Thespian and award-winning playwright whose youth plays have been performed on five other continents. He received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Georgia College in 2008, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. His plays are available from Dramatic Publishing Co., Eldridge Plays and Musicals, and Pioneer Drama.
For a long time, I wanted to be a film director. I wanted to lead other creative individuals on a project—direct actors, design shots, and ultimately feel the accomplishment of finishing a film.
Prior to beginning this post, let me assure you that I am not a great user of the latest “catch phrases.” As a high school teacher for twenty-plus years you would think contemporary phrases and terminology would have entered my vocabulary but much to my students’ dismay (and occasional confusion) I still speak like the fifty-four-year-old man I am.