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Andrew Tsao
Seattle, Washington
Theatre, Television, Film Director. Founder, INSIGHT, INC. Content Strategy Consulting and former Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts.
Interests: Theatre, Film, Television, Performance, Politics, Society, Poetry, Fine Art, Philosophy.
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I am no Hector and I am victor of no wars. Yet now I find myself at the end of a siege of similar length and metaphorically similar conundrum. Also, for me the war is over and I will follow the example of Odysseus and embark on my long journey.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Things, arranged.
Recall that in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, the prisoners are shown shadows on the wall created by firelight and diffuse sunlight. These shadows are created by those who aim to distract and deceive. After a time, the prisoners accept that the images on the wall are reality itself. Indeed,... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Things, arranged.
On May 1 2018 some people decided to petrol bomb a McDonald’s in eastern Paris. It was the 50th anniversary of the famous student May Day riots of 1968, which was a turning point for French cultural, political and economic thinking. The May Day events of 1968 were begun by... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Things, arranged.
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After over a decade in the halls of higher education, I am leaving the world of tenure and academe as an associate professor of the dramatic arts. There are many personal reasons I have departed such a secure and coveted position, the most important one being that I am continuing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Things, arranged.
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Here at the bottom of the sea Silent sirens and mystery Caverns of chorus vaulting high No need for anything dry Here at the bottom of the sea A pair of ragged claws is me Sunken bodies drifting by Mermaid sings a lullabye When I did sail the great wide... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Things, arranged.
“When gun violence becomes commodified as content by the media, we consume it rather than experience it. As a nation, we’re dead to it now. Despite our momentary hysteria, we’ve pretty much compartmentalized gun death, random mass shootings in particular. Consequently, we live in a country that seems to agree... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Things, arranged.
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The date is February 4th, 2018. The event is the National Football League championship gama, AKA The Super Bowl. The moment is when a Dodge Ram advertisement airs during the broadcast. The ad is a collage of images of the Dodge Ram truck, supported by the voice of Martin Luther... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Things, arranged.
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At the end of Ridley Scott's 1982 classic sci-fi film BLADE RUNNER, we hear a voice over as we see a vehicle heading towards a dystopian horizon. "I didn't know how much time we had. Who does?" In 2017, the Film BLADE RUNNER 2049 was released. That's 25 years after... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Things, arranged.
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This may be off putting at the beginning, but bear with me... Understand that all humans are inherently: Selfish, Stupid, Lazy. Humans will always prefer to gain as much as possible while knowing the least and doing as little as possible. Understand that the sources of all human desire are:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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I have heard the rants. They all revolve around this central idea: "This generation are a bunch of snowflakes. They think they are so special, so unique, so precious. It's sickening." First of all, get your metaphors right. Snowflakes are in fact unique. That's just science. Now, let's consider the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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The Edinburgh International Festival 2017 As Meow Meow careens through her cabaret re-fraction of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, she lays bare her broken-heeled down at heart seen too much / felt too deep train wreck life with wit, style and brutal self-awareness. She also takes us deep down... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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The Edinburgh Festivals, 2017. Selina Thompson's solo performance SALT takes you on a startling journey across oceans, across time and across the complex landscape of the struggle to find one's humanity in a world that is decidedly inhumane. Thompson's words are simple yet poetic, powerful yet non-polemic. She has an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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Jacques Lecoq created a startling physical vocabulary for actors that has become a recognized style throughout the world. Based in the rich and vast history of European clowning, Lecoq also brings the power and grace of the dance and ballet together with the natural, human centered movement attributes of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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My imp Chiam Soutine The impressionists were a group. A generation, to be more precise. Schooled in the classical art academies and ateliers of Paris, they knew the masters and their medium. For over twenty years they labored to find a public. Repeatedly rejected by the establishment Salon, they attempted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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In the 1238, King Louis IX commissioned the gothic wonder that is L'eglise Ste. Chapelle on the Ile-de-France in Paris. Until the 14th century it was the private chapel of French kings, who lived on the small island in the Seine. Today, apart from being a much visited tourist site,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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About an hour's train ride from gare St. Lazare in Paris, one arrives at the town of Vernon. There you rent a bicycle and ride a leisurely half-hour along an abandoned railroad path to the village of Giverny. Here, Claude Monet established his famous gardens which became the subject of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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Advice for all storytellers from my friend and colleague, Professor Shawn Wong: You can't always control what happens to you, but you can control the story that you tell. Tell the truth, not the facts. Write about what you wish to learn, not about what you already know. Such and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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To my dear friend in letters, Mr. William Shakespeare; Forgive the hasty and informal manner in which this missive arrives in your hands. Brevity is required, as the events of recent days in London have made time a terrifying and insistent companion of late. You may find this request odd;... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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We have one candle left. By its light, I will recount the events which have brought us to this unfortunate state. The deep cave we hide in is always in darkness. How many weeks, days, hours, have past since we took refuge here? Once this last candle burns away, we... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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A simple proposition as a contribution to the debate over whether a government should fund the arts. Fundamental Human Needs: Food and Water Shelter and Clothing Endeavors and the Arts Food and Water because we cannot live without them. Shelter and Clothing because we cannot thrive without them. Endeavors because... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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In the kitchen, mise en place refers to the chef's process of preparing ingredients and setting them in an ordered arrangement for eventual inclusion in a given recipe. The selection, preparation and arrangement of ingredients before the cooking phase allows a chef to quickly access the right ingredient at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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Someone in the room is suddenly invited somewhere. One doesn't know the details, only that the person in the room with you, someone you have grown accustomed to, is now preparing to leave for another place. A certain anxiety sets in: why was I not also invited to wherever the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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Weather not distressed Rooftop shrieks a warning Storm and quality join Our cohort for coffee; All by the wayside The moistened quayside At four o'clock today. Ferris wheel inert As autumn now elides In leaves a progress To the grave still Occupied with pets: Fido, fido, fidelio. Howl the clowns!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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About half way between Nashville and Memphis on Interstate 40, there is a strange quiet when you get away from the all-the-same-across-the-country main highway exits. The exits clustered with the uniquely American blight of convenience stores, gas station-marts, fast food, motels and sad little chain restaurants. It's here that you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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Whereas, the body appears to exist in time and space. Whereas, the mind appears to be aware of its attachment to said body, and at the same time appears to be aware of its own existence in time and space, and possibly other dimensions of "existence." Whereas, that which the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Things, arranged.