Tuesday, May 08, 2007

theater as a healing art

Actor James Cromwell came to UD with his wife Joan McIntosh to address the graduate students in the UD's Professional Theatre Training Program's Class of 2007. The students, all completing PTTP's three-year graduate curriculum, have already landed summer theatre jobs and will be leaving campus before UD's official Commencement ceremonies on May 26. UDaily published an article about their talk. I was intrigued by the mention of the theater of Epidaurus in ancient Greece. It fired up my old thirst for live theater:

The product of a theatrical family, Cromwell said he went into acting “because I was not equipped to do anything else.” He began his career at the Cleveland Playhouse making $25 a week and it was there that he first heard the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot.

“Suddenly everything shifted,” he said, “it was not just fun and games; something had to be done.” He was inspired, he said, by stories of the theatre at Epidaurus, built near the Asklepieion, the most celebrated healing center of the classical world.

“When you got out of the hospital, cured of your physical ills, you went to the theatre to be cured emotionally and psychologically. That's where I first got the idea of theatre as service,” he explained.

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