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Andrew Tsao
Seattle, Washington
Theatre, Television, Film Director. Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Drama.
Interests: Theatre, Film, Television, Performance, Politics, Society, Higher Education, Art, Philosophy.
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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 yesterday 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.
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I teach classes in at the University of Washington School of Drama about 300 yards from where a shooting occurred last week during a campus speech delivered by a guest of the University of Washington College Republicans. Red Square is a bricked over field which was the site of a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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From the sharpened point of a quill, Shakespeare let flow a torrent of words that somehow described the entire universe of human existence, philosophy, politics, society, economics, family, love, theology, ethics, emotions and essentially every dimension a human being can experience. That smallest of points, where the tip of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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"The rooster is the dawn announcer waking people up on time in the morning. Since the ancient times, it has been thought to have the ability of divining the future. Also in Greek mythology, it is said that the rooster can feel what will happen in the future. So, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Things, arranged.
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I have finally found the spokesman and the words to sum up my deep and seething loathing of this year's presidential election. Marilyn Manson. To see our country fester and rot before one's eyes stirs emotions that are hard to express. My mother and father came to America after losing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Things, arranged.
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THE ROAD A new music / theatre work by Gil Martin and Andrew Tsao Combining original songs / music, projected visual landscapes / environments and dramatic vignettes / spoken word elements, THE ROAD is a theatre work that explores the mythos of the American West and the American dream through... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at Things, arranged.
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After he returned from his walk, she was still crying. He gave her the power adaptor so she could charge her phone. The man at the little tourist crap store along the quay said it was the only one he had. Twenty Euros. "C'est tres cher, monsieur." The man just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Things, arranged.
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When form and the aesthetics of formal art are practised with great reverence for aproximately 600 continuous years, something transcendent occurs. The Japanese Noh theatre is such an art form. On my recent stay in Tokyo, I went to the National Noh Theatre of Japan for an evening that was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Things, arranged.
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Coyote observed the slow moving travelers as they slouched down the dusty road towards him. They were a few dozen in number and looked the same as the many, many groups of travelers he had seen arrive at the old crossroads during the past 5,485 years. He scratched his neck... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Things, arranged.
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American pop culture has always been an obsession with many generations of Japanese youth. Rock and Roll, as an American invention that came from Blues, Folk, Hollar songs, Gospel, Appalachian porches and more, is a particular brand of Americana that is appreciated by many Japanese. Each Sunday at Yoyogi Park... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Things, arranged.
The elaborate pedestrian social dance of urban Japan is a global marvel to behold. In Tokyo, a combination of tradition, necessity (how do you move 30 million through a city with some level of efficiency?) social agreement and experience with living in close quarters has evolved to transform a simple... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Things, arranged.
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The Stranger: original song lyrics in honor of Bob Dylan's 75th birthday I met the stranger in a factory town Where the idols of worship were all torn down He showed me a place where a traveler could rest A pocketwatch hung from his red velvet vest He bought me... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Things, arranged.
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Emily Bronte was the most enigmatic and mysterious of the three Bronte sisters. She was known to wander for long periods of time across the moors near her home in Yorkshire, in all weathers and at all times, day or night. She would often wear men's clothing, ride horseback at... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Things, arranged.
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Take a typical journey through a mental health care crisis via a list of common prescriptions, in relation to a typical young woman in America today who exhibits self-destructive behaviors: Wellbutrin +, - Lobutrin +,- Hydroxizine +,- Zoloft +,- Citilopram +,- Abilify +, - Trizazone +,- (Most spelled incorrectly because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Things, arranged.
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If phenomenology is the study of events as they are perceived, then there is a lot we can learn about phenomenon and human nature by observing what happens in a baseball game. The new baseball season is upon us, so what better time to examine the Phenomenology of Baseball? One... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Things, arranged.