For those of you who don't know, each year I set many different resolutions, each pertaining to developing a different part of my life (health, acting, singing, spirit, home, etc.). I find it is a great way to keep a balanced life and not give too much or too little to any one area for a long period of time. I will admit that I don't accomplish all of them, however I do a pretty good job checking them off.
Today I finished one of the BIGGEST ones of 2015.
For a while I have really wanted to read more plays to expand my theatrical knowledge, and because I enjoy it! When looking for a place to start I decided why not my own apartment. My roommate and I are both performers who went to school for theater and have accumulated quite a collection of plays over the years. I had read very few of hers and probably about 2/3 of mind (1/3 of which I could no longer recall). I made it my resolution to read any play in the house that I had not read or could not remember well. (Now I will admit that this does not include the two large anthologies I own or my Complete Works of Shakespeare.)
Sitting in my room this evening I finished Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen.
This year I read 85 plays!
85 plays I am now much more familiar with.
They came from different time periods and places and embraced many forms. More than anything I have appreciated the opportunity to discover more of what I like and don't like in theater, and thanks to live performances I've seen and THEATER IN ASYLUM's Play Reading Series I continue to experience theater past the pages.
I'm feeling accomplished, but the project doesn't end there. I still have plenty to read between my kindle, and those previously mentioned larger books, and I suspect 2016 will involve some of that to further my personal education. Something to look forward to :)