1998 -2008

Impro-Olympics

SEPTEMBER 2008

 

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Winter Impro-Olympics

 August 2006

 

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All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

FEBRUARY 2002

All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten has been adapted to the stage by Ernst Zulia from an essay I wrote in 1985.

On a quick critical read, the essay might be dismissed as a bit simple minded, naive, cute and intellectually superficial but it breaks the    simple rule that important things are hard to understand.

The essay asks the question asked by school children: “Why am I here? Why do I have to go to school?”

We are sent to school to be civilised, to be initiated into the mysteries of society.

We are sent out of the home to meet the truth of the world.

Almost always the “world” turns out to be school. And no matter what the place of beginning in the world is called – pre school, kindergarten, first grade—the experience is the same.

From the first, we are told in language we understand, what has come to be prized as the foundation of community and culture. The teacher calls these first lessons “simple rules, but they are in fact the distillation of all the hard won, field tested fundamentals of civilisation.

Not only are we told about these things, but we soon discover that we are going to be asked to live these precepts every day and they are not, it turns out, simple after all.

What we learn in Kindergarten will come up again and again in our lives as long as we live. In far more complex forms – lectures, encyclopaedias, company rules, courts of law, sermons and handbooks.

Across the course of our lives we will wrestle with questions of right and wrong, good and bad, truth and lies. Again and again we will come around to the place where we came in – to that room where the elemental notions about the human enterprise were handed to us with great care when we were very young – in kindergarten.

Robert Fulghum

Kindergarten Program

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Diving for Pearls

MARCH 1999

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The Deep Blue Sea

MAY 1998