Art from Pain

The cast of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” singing You Just Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews.
The cast of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” singing You Just Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews

“Everything Mayer did had to be more-a relatively common affliction among Jews, particularly Jews of Mayer’s generation, since Jews were often born with the racking sense of being outside and having to compensate.”

“The movies redefine us. The movies can make us new. The movies can make us whole. And that is precisely how the Hollywood Jews would use them.”

“Judaism…was one of the sources of their success in the movie industry and one of their advantages over the gentiles…The inheritance of the Jews and their gift, the film seems to say, is that they inform what they do with their hearts and their pain. After centuries of persecution, Jews feel more. It is one of the things that distinguishes and exalts them.”

Jewish playwright, screenwriter, and novelist Neil Simon
Jewish playwright, screenwriter, and novelist Neil Simon

“I’m a student in Behavioral Science 101, not in an academic way, but as an investigator of how we live our daily lives and of the way we cause ourselves so much angst and pain through our unexplainable, absurd behavior. The problems we cause ourselves are not necessarily a laughing matter, but when I put it down on paper, and get it right, then put it up on the stage and make that stage a mirror of our own responses and reactions, more often than not the audiences seem to laugh at themselves. They usually say, ‘I know someone exactly like that,’ when in fact, they may be talking about themselves.”

“I’ve also been able to find humor in my pain, and if that humor touches those who watch my work, then they find an alternate way of dealing with their own problems…I always thought the humor was the instrument I used to first reach people, and then, as an extension of the characters and stories, I would deliver the underlying issue, the pain that so many of us want to avoid at any cost.”

“Writing, I think, is not always an act of creation. Sometimes I think it’s like…releasing your darkest secrets and your most shameful thoughts, which may be minor discretions to most, but to you are something you have to expel in order to free yourself…For us, to look at our own lives and to expose as much as you can allow yourself to, is to bring relief and understanding to what pains you.”

Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander)
Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander)
A silly image of Batman with a Kippah, Manischewitz, and Challah!
A closer inspection shows some startling similarities between Jews and everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader!
Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American female playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Suzan-Lori Parks, the first black female playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“Henry Louis Gates, Jr., in his book ‘Race,’ Writing, and Difference, outlines the historical need for African-Americans to literally write themselves into an identity.”

“We never forget that words have a lot of power…Because so much of African American history has been unrecorded, dismembered, washed out, one of my tasks as playwright is to — through literature and the special strange relationship between theater and real-life — locate the ancestral burial ground, dig for bones, find bones, hear the bones sing, write it down.”

“I think artists who are not from the dominant culture are the best ones to examine form. The question of form runs parallel to the question of the way the world is set up. If you are questioning form in theatre then you are questioning the form of the world.”

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

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Eddie Datz

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Actor. Comedian. Writer. Director. For all things Datz, check out eddiedatz.com

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