Friday, December 12, 2008

It's Show Time!

This was my fourth time to take in R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe. The theater was packed, and Doug Tompos was in great form, really connecting with his audience, squeezing this expertly crafted script for every last drop of illumination. People grooved on getting such a meaty (substantial) transmission of experience. The standing ovation was well deserved.

Dr. Leslie Hickcox, clerk of Multnomah Meeting's Friendly Care Committee, bought a copy of Alex Gerber's Wholeness, then joined me for some post-play discussion at The Annex (McMenamins) on West Burnside. Having recently joined Multnomah's Oversight Committee, I actually have an official interest in how Quakers respond to the plight of the homeless in this town.

Personally, I think we're way too minuscule to provide much in the way of direct services, but might assist in steering a concerted response from the business community, in the form of better Internet access to relevant resources, including trainings and apprenticeships, coordinated transportation services.

We debated the pros and cons of various strategies, taking strong positions and defending them (Leslie is no pushover). I'm hoping to rope Desiree into these discussions as well, as she knows more of the history.

I'm glad Nancy (another Wanderer) is getting to see the play. Also Don got to go again.

This play has done a lot to alert Portland to the possibilities. The future needn't be dire, given the work already accomplished. I thank the team behind this stimulating and catalyzing theater production, for doing valuable community service at an opportune time.