OUT OF PLAY
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”— Philip K. Dick
The actors have left the stage, gone to their separate realities. The illusion of their chemistry lost, their dialog—angry and loving in turn—forgotten. It’s just stage hands, now, silently and separately doing their work. The house lights are up. The trompe l’oeil props can be seen for what the are.
No more sound and fury, but no art, magic, joy for joy’s sake either. But was it ever more than work for wages? Was it always just memories of fantasies, tales were told by—and to—an idiot? Doesn’t matter now as the strutting and fretting has ended, disbelief is resuspended and nothing significant remains. So…
calm down— Josef Albers
- Philip K. Dick, a dystopian novelist and thinker. Quote explained here: https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/09/06/how-to-build-a-universe-philip-k-dick/
- Assorted cuts, pastes and paraphrases from Shakespeare (Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5) Sorry Will.
- Josef Albers, an important art teacher (Bauhaus and Black Mountain College) theorist, painter and poet.