LIST OF LISTS

November 1st
Partly cloudy & alarmingly warm

A list of things I’d like to see more of onstage

silence
representatives of the animal kingdom
uncontrollable laughter
existential confusion
soundscapes – intricately composed sonic worlds
things that go on too long
to-do lists
slapping flights
physical games
bull fights
food fights
skillful debate
There are more things on heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy
freedom of speech, thought, movement
a completely fearless world
solving problems through collective action (note for the future)
children in Halloween costumes (note for the future)

A list of things I’d like to see less of onstage

furniture
projections
Horatio’s philosophy

A list of things I don’t know how to address without replicating trauma

rape

A list of formal elements that I am chewing on

socratic dialogue
confessions
character as the expression of a philosophical idea, to be put through tests
testing of an idea and its carrier by means of temptations (and maybe martyrdom)
going to extremes
going to heaven
going to hell
going on an adventure without going anywhere
making your own reality
diatribes
symposiums
praise
mock crowning and decrowning of the carnival king
people who get everything wrong

A list of human emotions of interest to me

self-pity
indomitable optimism

A human behavior of interest to me

propensity toward self-destruction

A list of ideas I want to test

We can move to a new country and build a utopian society
Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die
Love is all you need
Be good
Everything in moderation
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so
Productivity destroys the world
Laziness is a virtue
Life is a party
Life might be better if everyone just drank beer all day instead of coffee

To illustrate the last question:

A SHORT POLEMIC AGAINST COFFEE

They are sitting around.
They are bored.
They drink coffee.

HUMANS
Wheeeee!

They have a lot of energy. They destroy the world.
They look at each other.

HUMANS
(sobbing)

They drink beer.

 

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