On today’s show, we sit down with Bill Largess, the Artistic Director of the Washington Stage Guild. Bill also is an Adjunct Professor of Theater at George Washington University and a very generous sponsor of Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis MD.
Bill was first impacted by mentorship by the example of his father, George Largess. Bill’s father was a 1938 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a Commander in the Navy. In high school his mentor was Micheal Lewis and later in college Bill was mentored by Father Gilbert Hartke.
Bill is motivated by a passage in the bible, Matthew 6 25-27.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
And also by the following passage by Colleen Dewhurst a great Canadian- American actress:
“Life may be a mess: You may have a hundred crises forcing their way into your mind and your heart. But–and I stress this–the theatre and the person you bring to the theatre must be pure and clear and ready only for the work at hand. Your fellow actors, the stage manager, the dresser–they don’t need to know the drama you have at home or in your life. Pour it all into the performance. Blow away the audience with your intensity, but don’t alienate or alarm your coworkers with the diary of your life. And the theatre becomes therapy. So does the commute to the theatre. Just wash it all away, store it, command it to sit and be still. You’ll work a lot of it out in the performance, so that by the time you face down the problem at home, it’s smaller and it knows its place, and it knows that you’ve been made stronger by giving to others, by prioritizing, by doing the right thing.” Colleen Dewhurst/Interview with James Grissom/1990.
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