by Rafael Jaen
Originally posted on From the Tailor’s Table
For its next theater conference the Boston based StageSource organization has been looking at the relationship between the slow food movement and what we are calling “home grown theater” in New England. The idea got its start from various happenings including an inspired speech given by Peter Sellers at an Emerson College forum last Spring.
The website SlowFood defines Slow Food as a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.
The organization stands at the crossroads of … ethics and pleasure. It opposes the standardization of taste and culture…. We believe that everyone has … the responsibility to protect the heritage of tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible. Our association believes in … recognition of the strong connections between … planet, people and culture.
I did some paraphrasing, but you can probably appreciate why…
Along the way we have found some very inspiring stories (about the food industry) that do relate to the on-going development of theatre in our region. There are many samples that do denote a commitment to our community, our arts environment, our traditions and how theater creates a sense of place in the world. One sample is restaurateur Barbara Lynch, locally born and bred (South Boston) and now globally recognized.
That’s what I think of the growing Boston theater scene; it is locally grown and its tenacity is nationally known!
About Rafael Jaen
Mr. Jaen is currently the Costume Director at Emerson College where he is part of the Design-Tech Faculty. In adition he is Co-Chair for Design, Technology & Management at the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 1. His design work can be seen on stage in Lyric Stage Company’s production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby Parts 1 & 2.