“…he was profoundly disinterested when I used the term “alienation effect.” He said, “Where did you learn that term… college?” So anyway – He said, “I heard you do this solo stuff, could you do some of that for me right now?” And I said, “Look, I didn’t come up here to audition.” Fortunately, there’s another part of my brain that has some sense and it said, “Joe Papp is asking you to audition, get off your butt and audition for Joe Papp.””
-Eric Bogosian, I AM THEATRE
Listening to Eric’s story I could not help but think about the many people in my own life that fundamentally altered me as a person and an artist. One such person is Gerald Freedman (who coincidentally also worked with Joe Papp in the early days of The Public Theater) molded my work ethic and continues to inspire me with his tireless dedication to teaching the craft of acting and directing. We all have mentors, gurus and champions with untold stories. These people have the power to shape generations of artists.
Who was your professional mentor?
What influencers shaped your generation of theatre artists?
Who is carrying on Papp’s legacy of championing artists?
Let us know, or better yet, don’t just tell, show.