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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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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.
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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.