The Beauty of Storytelling

April 23, 2013

As you may or may not know, I have been going to the theater pretty often over the past few years to observe what some might call an absurd amount of plays, musicals and dance concerts.   I’m finding that I’ve become absolutely enthralled with the craft of storytelling.  I’m dissecting the things that make the hair on the back of my neck stand on end, the things that give me goose-bumps, the things that are delightful and insightful, and the things that move the deepest parts of me.  The story that the lights tell, the dramatic transitions of the set, how sound and music build allure and fascination are just a few things that I hope to gather in my quest.   I’m noticing various directing styles and the choreography of words.  I’m slowly beginning to understand the difference between a directorial (architecture) choice and the impetus of an actor (engineer).  

 

Something else that I am learning is the difference between a good story and a poorly rendered story.   My discoveries are starting to influence the choices that I make in life and how I am beginning to see the world.   A good story is in essence a very simple story, it may be complex but it has been distilled down to its finest granule.   Indeed, there are a multitude of variables and players that exist in a simple story, but each of these appendages, be they positive or negative are in place to inspire a heightened end.  The journey’s end for Dorothy without the added characters is to simply returned to the home that she lost, but upon meeting the Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Wizard, the Wicked Witch and so forth – she realizes that the home she sought could never be “lost”, because it is ever-present inside of her, additionally she learned that returning to the same place that she felt was lost would ultimately be unfulfilling with respect to the woman, anew, that just completed such a journey.   A poorly rendered story would have derailed the focus of her story toward the life of the Lion or the Wicked Witch so on and so forth, thereby deviating from the story at hand, and there role in inspiring the journey end for Dorothy.

 

Brilliant stories are simple and each added plot point and “notch” moves the story forward, while often reversing to pick-up a missed lesson or two along the way.  Profoundly magnificent stories provide textural escapism while clearly explicating what I am hoping to convey in the sum of these 433 words, with in a simple sentence…such is life.