saying a play is a standalone thing is like


saying that an orgasm only lights up one part of the brain. And taking that orgasm apart to see how each component stimulates brain response is, well, who’d want to do that?  Okay, it’s reductive.

Reductionists believe that memories, emotions, and feelings can be broken down to nothing more than interactions between brain cells and their associated molecules. In other words, “you” are your brain.*

Just so, attempting to separate the parts of a play – script, direction, design, performance – is reductive.

Instead, what about this?

Synergy means behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the behavior of their parts taken separately.**

Yes, it’s what I call the BuckyFullerism of the world.

My world, at any rate.




*Megan Erickson, The Ghost in the Machine: Unraveling the Mystery of Consciousness

**R. Buckminster Fuller, Synergetics, Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking








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