Guest bloggers: Hank Boland and Jess Hutchinson
Every day, each of us makes the choice to be a member of the Chicago theatre community.
Whether we do this consciously or not - every day - we choose.
It’s not because we can’t do anything else. There are a thousand ways that the skills we cultivate and utilize as artists and arts administrators are applicable to other pursuits, both professional and personal.
But we stay here. We continue to write the plays/cast the actors/audition for the directors/make the set models/write the grants/organize the board meetings/get the coffee/write the blog posts that are - by our own choice - contributing to the work of this community.
We’re not asking “what keeps you going when times get tough?” We see each other at the bar and on the internet enough to know that there is coffee and whiskey and cat videos and the encouragement to Hang In There. There are other things that we talk less about, too - fear, expectations of others, commitments made that need to be kept, habit.
But remember. We choose this. Every day.
So, again, why?
Why do you go back to the rehearsal hall/your writing desk/the conference room/the copy machine/the coffee shop? What is it that drives you to be part of what we and many, many others consider the best theatre community in the world?
So why? Why do you choose theatre? Why do you choose Chicago?