March 19 at 6 pm
with Brendan Regan
of Urbanite Theatre
If there was one piece of advice I could give to the American theatregoer, it would be — see more theater that makes you uncomfortable.
There’s always a place for light entertainment, for easygoing joy and unobtrusive fun. But I’d argue that theater is one of the only artistic mediums left that truly exercises our empathy receptors.
While films, TV and podcasts provide us with limitless entertainment, history and knowledge, none can replace the connectivity we experience with live theatre, where we get to share oxygen with live, human performers.
As such, it’s important we use this gift for more than mere entertainment. While fundamentally our goal as theatermakers is to entertain, the power of the artform lies in its ability to tell stories that change the way an audience sees the world.
To evolve your perspective, you need to spend time with people, stories and culture that you’re unfamiliar with, or that give you discomfort. It’s in this discomfort that your ability to understand a foreign problem or circumstance expands.
While an adventurous location for emotional exploration, I’d argue the theatre actually provides a safe space for experiencing challenge. And when we laugh, cry or gasp in horror, our humanity grows.
– Brendan Ragan
More on Urbanite Theatre’s bold work here.
Their current production, Sender, is a wonderfully challenging offering.