Scenes from my neighborhood over the last few days:
A Christmas Carol is open. We run through December 24 at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
Here’s an opening night cast party shot of the Muny Kids who are in the show:
This is soooooo me.
“Mankind is our business,” says Scrooge.
“The measure of a man’s life is the measure of this season.”
~Fred Scrooge, to his Uncle Ebenezer
We open tonight.
What a joy this production has been! And will be . . . for all who see it.
Take this visual tour!!
Another of my sound cues, mixed by my colleague Rusty Wandell, for A Christmas Carol at the Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis:
We have our first ticketed audience tonight, and then open on Friday!
At lunch a few days ago, with some professors, I asked a Jewish colleague about what the Torah or Talmud teaches about how we treat others.
(This was, of course, in the midst of a discussion about politics and our current American meanness toward those who are less privileged.)
He replied with the words of Hillel the Elder (1st century B.C.E.): “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.”
I love this inversion of what we call the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The reverse is just as powerful: if you find hateful (or even hurtful) something that is done to you, then don’t do it to others.
And then there is Maya Angelou: “You do what you can do, until you know better”.