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GIVING THANKS

GIVING THANKS

I’m told there’s a Chinese curse that says, “May you live in interesting times”. Omicron knocking on many doors, confusion, misunderstandings, polemics, both local and global. Some digging in, others giving up— these are indeed “interesting times”. Here at la Luna,...

Apocrypha Now

Apocrypha Now

It always stuck with me, that encouraging phrase of Jesus in the Gospel according to Thomas: “That light within will save you, if you bring it forth from yourselves.” In the fifth century AD, the church authorities refused the gnostic Gospels, declaring them...

ReGeneration

ReGeneration

As anounced… this year, too, we will have OUR SUMMER FESTIVAL! Mark the dates: we are going to start on july 25 and finish on august 15  and on august 1 we will expect you all at the Full Moon Fest! Con il finanziamento della Regione Puglia nell’ambito del “Programma...

Spring’s Tale

Spring’s Tale

One of my favorite Shakespearean plays, “Winter’s Tale,” already opens with the crisis which will determine the next years of suffering. For no comprehensible reason, King Leontes of Sicily decides that his wife Hermione is unfaithful, inhabiting the bed of his best...

In Gratitude

In Gratitude

My grandfather died when I was six years old. Shortly before that, my budgie died. I had named my budgie “Abraham”, after Abraham Lincoln, whom I knew my father admired greatly. My grandfather was named Richard Mason McNeer, although we called him “Papa Mac”. When my...

Gift of time

Gift of time

I don’t know if it’s true, but I once heard that an ancient Chinese curse was: “May you live in interesting times.” I think these times count as “interesting.” A couple days ago an Italian anti-Covid decree was passed: no public gatherings. We’re all to stay home,...

Little Mothers

Little Mothers

Natascia Fogu has collaborated with us for years. Actor and pedagogue by training, horticulturist by passion, generous host by nature, together with her partner Alessandro Lucci, she looks to the flora and fauna at la Luna. The other day I asked her to tell me what...

Last performance in Germany

Last performance in Germany

Last autumn, another remarkable visit to Germany, specifically, to EINS UND ALLES, the amazing inclusive community near Stuttgart, with whom we have mounted new shows every October for the last couple of years. Every year, new challenges and rewards. This year, our...

Olives in flight

Olives in flight

As a child, I spent a lot of time in trees. For me climbing trees was the surest way to a magical world where I was at once explorer, spy, and superhero. I remember my pleasure when my parents, or even better, unrelated adults started wondering aloud where I was,...

Stretching our wings

Stretching our wings

Sometimes it’s time to start anew. That’s what moved us in programming our 2019 summer festival, just completed. “ZERO KILOMETER THEATER”: we presented some of our winter productions, including 2 dinner theater shows and some autobiographical work— this year we...

Walls and bridges

Walls and bridges

While bicycling alone through Italy in the winter of 1981, I met an elderly bicycle mechanic in the outskirts of Naples. I explained to him, in my bizarre Italian/mime language, the trials and tribulations I had endured while looking for someone to help me. I had...

Visiting the Moon

Visiting the Moon

I’ve written before about how Pia and I “discovered” the south, and mediterranean hospitality, about our pleasure in returning that hospitality to our many guests here at “la Luna.” Once I tried to figure out about how many visitors we’ve had in our 20 years here, but...

The sound of a forest growing

The sound of a forest growing

Lao Tzu said, “a tree falling makes more noise than a forest growing,” and yet, seated in the twilight on the old stone wall where we planted the first thousand trees here at la Luna ten years ago — at that time plants a few inches tall, now over twice our size — how...

The Child is father to the Man

The Child is father to the Man

I assume every kid thinks his own family is normal and that it defines normality. Maybe our first experiences of diversity in society come from our encounters with other families: bedtime in another household shows us that some families do pajamas then teeth, others,...

Of magic mushrooms and philosopher kings

Of magic mushrooms and philosopher kings

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return Nat King Cole “Nature Boy” So we returned to Germany this year. This is the second time we’ve been to work with our friends at Eins und Alles– the inclusive residential community of...

Filling the well

Filling the well

Here we are, at the end of the year, as the Julian calendar has it. This is the time of Janus, the god with two heads, one looking forward, one looking back. The original multi-tasker… Here we are, at the end of the year, as the Julian calendar has it. This is the...

Laughter in the Well

Laughter in the Well

When I was 7 years old, playing a bit role in our school production of “The Golden Goose,” I faced my first stage disaster: the Extra-Large box of “Milk Duds” candy that I had stuffed into my tunic fell onto the stage, in full sight, as I was speaking my first line. I...

Stranger in a strange land

Stranger in a strange land

Asked his opinion on Zionism, Franz Kafka replied, “What do I care about Zionism? I have nothing in common with the Jews! In fact I have nothing in common with myself… “ Of course the greatest irony in that declaration by the master ironist is this: in severing his...

Toni & Bob do Vienna

Toni & Bob do Vienna

I lost him. We were only halfway to our Vienna destination, sitting through a long layover at the Munich airport, and I had just gone around the corner, to buy him a coke. Less then four minutes. And Toni was gone. As a father, I had been there before. You feel a...

Clowning: The Art of Failing Beautifully

Clowning: The Art of Failing Beautifully

I’ve been going to La Luna nel Pozzo, Robert McNeer’s and Pia Wachter’s theatre school in Puglia, for well over a decade to put on a red nose and get my regular fix of clowning. This year Hedda and I joined a bunch of Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Argentinian, Italian,...

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