Dunkirk NY – Over the past six weeks I have made the conscious decision to lower my internet presence because I have not had the necessary time. It’s not that I’ve had that big a footprint anyway. Nor was a big footprint anything I’ve ever actively sought out. But the demands on my time since the holidays have been rather large. Those of you who do theatre can appreciate the time demands if you try to do two shows at once, which I was doing between January 17 and February 5. When classes started up for the fall semester that only added to the work load. It was clear to me that the most superfluous activity I had going was my web life, and so I deliberately decided to halt working on the blog until the beginning of March.
Much thinking has come from this hiatus. Some of that thinking will find its way into this blog, and some will remain with me. But perhaps the most significant thing I am thinking about right now is the place of theatre in my life. For most of my adult life and a significant part of my career, theatre had played a central role. In this interim, I have been considering whether or not the time has come to reduce – or even eliminate – the amount of time I devote to the art of theatre.
Nothing will happen immediately, to be sure. I cannot simply walk away tomorrow. But I can begin to take some steps in that direction. Having reached the age of 60, one of the things that means more to me than anything else now is time, and how to spend it. Perhaps theatre is not the best use of my time anymore. As I gain more time to write about some of my reflections on this issue, I will do so. -twl