“In a time when diplomacy and politics have such terribly short and feeble arms, the delicate but sometimes lengthy reach of art must bear the burden of holding together the human community.
The bizarre fact is that today, as the world appears to be most definitely split politically, art and especially theatre, quite clearly demonstrate that this deeper identity is universal. More and more, the plays that succeed in one country find their mark abroad. The cultures of the world were always parts of one another, but they are growing together in most obvious ways. Yet in critical matters of life and death we face one another like creatures from separate planets. The theatre, unwittingly, and certainly without conscious intention, has proved in our time that the human race, for all its variety of cultures and traditions, is profoundly one. I do not think that at any previous time contemporaneous plays were so quickly understandable in the world. An opening of importance in New-York is quickly repeated in Berlin, Tokyo, London, Athens. And if my own experience is any guide, the reception is not very different from one place to another. In this sense too the metaphor has become fact-all the world is a stage now, and all of it at the same moment.”
Arthur Miller – World Theatre Day Message – 1963
There’s an election in Alberta on Tuesday, April 16th, and I encourage you to research the party platforms, check out the candidates, and then vote for the party that best represents the type of world you want yourself and your children and your children’s children to live in. I voted on Friday in the advance polls along with 545,000 other Albertans and it’s never been easier to cast your vote because this year, regardless of your riding, you can cast your vote at any advance polling station – that is until April 13th. Which is today, so get out and vote – have your voice counted. And if you can’t vote in the advance polls then vote on election day – however, on election day you will have to vote at the polling station assigned to your riding. All this information can easily be found at the Elections Alberta Website. [Read more…]