Just as the first servings of this years mental stew were being offered at the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, word spread that The Gods Are Pounding My Head! (AKA Lumberjack Messiah) might well be a last supper at the table of legendary writer-director-designer Richard Foreman.
Community theater has a long history in America, nurturing local talent and bringing tried and true fare to communities outside the reach of first-run plays. But what happens when the community is Brooklyns Park Slope, whose stone-skipping distance from Manhattan has transformed it into a kind of residential boom-town over the past twenty years for working professionals, many of whom are active in the professional theater world?
Paula Vogel has been teaching playwriting at Brown University since 1985, so if you go to the theater anywhere in America these days, theres a good chance youre seeing the work of one of her students. One of her aphorisms (which are legion) is Time works backwards in the theater. This is a key element in the nuanced understanding of structure that is The Way of Paula.