Moonstruck may be one of the best screenplays out there. It’s written tight and funny, and the one-liners are fantastic. It builds from a simplistic concept and adds layers that build around a central theme.
Why do men cheat?
Not just why do men cheat, but why does anyone cheat? The layers to this movie are fabulous! It’s worth watching just for the kitchen scene at the end (I’ll say no more).
But I’m not here to talk about the movie so much as a line by Johnny (Nicholas Cage): “I love two things. I love you and I love the opera. Now, if I could have the two things that I love together for one night, I would be satisfied to give up…ah Christ…to give up the rest of my life.”
And this is pertinent because? Tonight I went to see The Drowsy Chaperone at the Fine Arts Center. I was reminded how much I love theatre. As a kid, my mom would drag us to high school productions for the poor-woman’s theatre. Which is not to denigrate high school theatre, because the high school production of Brigadoon that I saw with my mother was the best production of Brigadoon that I have seen.
My love for theatre expanded when I worked for a summer stock theatre in Grand Lake, CO. I watched nearly every night. Productions like Pippin, Sweeney Todd, and Bus Stop. Then, God help me, I attended a college that had a primary focus on theatre (not that I was a theatre student, but the college had great theatre). My first major crush was an actor at the college (which made my love for the theatre that much more hormonal).
I watched Jesus Christ Super Star eleven times! I’m not even sure there were that many performances, but I’m counting every rehearsal that I could sneak my way into.
Theatre wasn’t in my blood, but it was in my soul.
Then I joined the Air Force. Had kids. And a divorce. And a few deaths in the family. And I forgot.
Last summer, I went back to Grand Lake and visited the theatre. And saw, not so coincidentally, The Drowsy Chaperone.
I remembered, that like Johnny, I love two things. I love my kids and theatre. And writing. And red wine. And chocolate. I love good books and not so good books. And movies. I love…
No, just two things, my kids and theatre. And writing.
Seriously, theatre fills my creative soul in ways no other art does. Movies are fine. Sometimes better than fine. And I love books. Heck, books are an addiction. And nothing, absolutely nothing, fills my life more than kid one and kid two.
But theatre? It fills my soul.
In all creative endeavors, it is necessary to fill the creative well. To replace the creative juices that go into the writing so that the well doesn’t run dry. Theatre does that for me in a way that nothing else can.
So tonight, I’ll ask an impertinent question. What is it that you love?
Find time for that thing. Those two things. Because they will make you better at whatever you do. Trust me.