Curtain Up

This is the third act of Life on The Wicked Stage.

There was a an Act 1 on the long since dead Windows Live Spaces (sorry no links available). There was an Act 2 on TypePad. Both of which seem like a several lifetimes ago. In addition there was some tech geek blogging and gadget reviewing on GottaBeMobile and some writing on various subjects on Medium.

So. Curtain up on Act 3. You don’t find many plays in the three-act form these days, which dates me. But I prefer to think of it has having the benefit of wisdom acquired through age. Or you can just call me old.

In today’s online lingo three-act plays would be considered something adjacent to TLDR. But I’ve been known to direct plays that last six hours or more in my career. And I’ve also seen 10-minute plays that have felt endless. Pick your own attention span.

I stumble through life as a theatre producer, director, and playwright as well as a gadget geek…commenting along the way. If I have a motto it is: Every day I learn something new is a good day. So I share what I find exciting, new, stupid and worthwhile (at least to me.) I hope some of it entertains, some of it surprises, and I’m sure some of it may piss off a few here and there.

You’ll find stuff here about theatre and the arts, culture, politics, the world around us, and technology. A lot of the tech stuff will be about Apple. I use those tools in my trade these days. But I first got bit by the geek bug using Microsoft Tablet PCs as a way of writing and saving notes digitally for theatre rehearsals. See it all ties together. (At least in my mind.)

I’ve been producing, writing and directing live theatre since the late 1970’s in various venues nationally and internationally, including several gigs over several years in Russia-both before and after the end of the USSR. I’ve run several theatres in Chicago and Virginia. I’ve won some awards and generally created some fun work with some fun people.

New work, off-the-shelf, classics, plays in other languages, big sprawling epics, small simple stories–I’m intrigued by it all. I love the complex, whether it be the story or the experience. I’ve stepped in to save a few shows due to the sad misfortune of others and have a particular knack for that. If you’re curious or need someone to pull your butt out of the fire reach out in one of the many ways below.

As for that occasional emu sighting mentioned in the slug-line of this blog, if you know you know. And if you don’t that’s a fun story for another time about a small town, a small theatre and yes, an emu.

Next directing gig: Ink by James Graham at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis. Opening March 24, 2023. You’ll be seeing much more about that on these pages in the coming days and weeks.

Author: Warner Crocker

I stumble through life as a theatre director and playwright as well as a gadget geek...commenting along the way. Every day I learn something new is a good day, so I share what I find exciting, new, stupid and often worthwhile.

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