I am Published, I Shan’t Perish

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My first book is no longer imaginary. We have a publication date at last. The brilliant Doctor Bethany Poston, PhD and I wrote a chapter of McFarland’s A State of Arrested Development: Critical Essays on the Innovative Television Comedy out April 15, 2015.

Best of all, Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz wrote the forward. We’re in the same book, see.

Our essay is called “Families with Low Self-Esteem: The Fünke Dynamic.” The research was a grueling round of hilarity and psychological analysis. My deadline nightmares consisted of rewriting sentences while a “Blue Man” Tobias (David Cross) floated disembodied in the corner. I cannot wait for you to read it.

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Everyday Theatricality by Dr Tobias Funke

Dr Tobias Funke

“All the world’s a stage…  And one man in his time plays many parts.”

-William Shakespeare

Methinks the greatest role of the actor plays out on the stage of Every Day.  It is the player’s responsibility to invent moments of theatrical opportunity.  A true actor must answer the divine call of performance; one cannot wait around for casting directors to out the actor within.  How will the world know of your closet theatricality unless you reveal the actor has been inside you all along?

There are four simple ways to bring theatricality into the savage banality of everyday existence:

Enter the room with flourish.  
A commanding stage presence is as good in the kitchen as ‘tis in the grandest auditorium.  Treat every dinner party invitation as a callback audition.  Intimate gatherings are the perfect opportunity to stretch wide your stage legs.  Reach around the mundane to arouse excitement.  Wild gesticulation tells your audience they are in for an unforgettable ride.  Strap on!

Pointing.  Punctuate the air.  Pointedly.

Don’t settle for one word when 15 are due.  The Bard never shied away from pedantic vocabulary and neither should you!  Consider the dinner party.

Any pedestrian could ask “Is this a vegetarian lasagna?”  An actor leaps at this fortuitous moment.

“Perchance, sweet wench, this noble feast is free of fowl?”

Keep the audience in suspense by increasing voice modulation.  The longer you remain in a room, the louder you should project, thus escalating every conversation to a dramatic conclusion.  Before long, the audience will anticipate — even demand — your Exeunt with flourish.

Submission by Sarah Crisman