Monday, April 20, 2009

Parabasis: Olson Vs. Daisey:

But just for the record: I've spent the last couple of weeks in the rehearsal room of an Off-Broadway show.  The artists on that show work six days a week, and yes, they take breaks every eighty minutes (for ten minutes) and they get a one hour lunch if you rehearse more than six hours in a day.  Why? because the work they do is quite strenuous physically, vocally, mentally and (i'd argue) spiritually/psychically.  Not that working in an office can't be.  Hell, I think people working in offices should get overtime (or at least comp time) and have better protections too. But that they don't is no reason to get all resentful of the very people who create the work your organization purportedly exists to make.  Of course, one of the ongoing themes of Daisey's advocacy and work lately has been that theatre's increasingly seem to see the making of art as a side project to the ongoing cause of Growing Themselves, but I'm sure that's just a coincidence to bring up.

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