I Believe: A Theater Manifesto by Taylor Mac →

Taylor Mac wrote a manifesto for the “From Where I Stand” symposium at the Under the Radar Festival. Some choice excerpts:

I believe if NYC had no art and only Wall Street, nobody would want to live here. And so I believe 10% of all Wall Street salaries should go to artists….

I believe in words and the combination of words and their ability to surprise.

Most importantly I believe in surprise and that if you want to remind your audiences of the things they have dismissed, forgotten, or buried, then you need to surprise them.

I believe, in the theater, something surprising should happen every ten seconds.

And that, that surprise does not have to be big; it can be a breath.