I keep noticing performers speaking about acting, or singing, in new ways.
For instance, I recently saw James Franco on Saturday Night Live(this past Saturday night, in their last show of this year), discussing why he's on the soap opera, General Hospital.
Mr. Franco has been in big-budget films like "Spiderman", as well as popular, prime-time("Freaks and Geeks") television series.
I read that he wanted the experience of a "performance artist", that he wanted to perform in a different way, as an "experiment."
Then on "CBS Sunday Morning"(my all-time favorite television show), the wonderful singer-songwriter Sting was interviewed on why he's suddenly choosing to perform in pubs, and in churches(?!).
"It's different.It's one thing to perform in front of 6,000 people in a stadium, but it takes something else to perform in front of 4 or 5 people, in a pub."
I would say it takes intimacy--and a comfort with sharing such intimacy, too.
Perhaps that intimacy--that communion I so often speak of, that I believe we're all searching for--at church, in the theatre, at an art gallery, when listening to a poet read--is finally becoming an admittedly desirable thing.
For too long, we've had the faux-intimacy of e-mail and Facebook(I am a confessed FB addict).Even this blog is not a true person-to-person experience.
Maybe what I'm hearing esteemed actor James Franco, and accomplished singer Sting
say is that the smaller experience can be a more genuine one, or one perhaps felt at a different(deeper?) level.
Seems to me, small is the new big.