A Momma of Drama Reflects on Theatre, Teaching and Directing
If you are anything like me, you enjoy quotes about various subjects. Sometimes they are funny things I hear people say in real life.
Other times, they are beloved artists or authors. If a person can succinctly express himself, it doesn’t matter if they are the most wealthy and powerful, or a commoner.
Here are a few of my favorites concerning theatre:
Great acting is not easy. Anyone who says it is, is either shallow or a charlatan. And one of the hardest things about acting is admitting that it is hard. Richard Cohen
Theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation. Stella Adler
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of theatre. Helen Hayes
Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Sanford Meisner
Theatre doesn’t last. Only in people’s memories and in their hearts. That’s the beauty and sadness of it. But that’s life. Beauty and sadness. And that is why theatre is life. Unknown
All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That’s what makes theatre live. That’s why it persists. Stephen Sondheim
The purpose of theatre is to put the audience in a better position to understand the world around them. Mark Fortier
The theatre is the only institution in the world which has been dying for four thousand years and has never succumbed. It requires tough and devoted people to keep it alive. John Steinbeck
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. Twyla Tharp
All the world’s a stage,
and all the people merely players
They have their exits and their entrances
and one man in his time plays many parts.