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 :)
"There is not one pink flower, or even fifty pink flowers, but hundreds. Snowflakes, of course, are the ultimate exercise in sheer creative glee. No two alike. This creator looks suspiciously like someone who just might send us support for our creative ventures." -Julia Cameron