Thursday, March 10, 2005

is church as boring a healthy motivation for creativity

“I went to the Easter Vigil service at the Anglican Cathedral in Pittsburgh. It was snowing, and I was aware of the proper setting for a tremendous religious experience. But the people in the church seemed bored, and the clergymen [sic] seemed to be hurrying to get it over with. I left with the feeling that, rather than rolling the rock away from the tomb, they were piling it on. I went home, took out my manuscript and worked it to completion in a non-stop frenzy.”
– Tebelak, creator of the 1973 musical/movie Godspell.

(In Tatum, Jesus at the Movies. A Guide to the First Hundred Years. Polebridge Press, 1997)

Posted by steve at 12:24 PM

1 Comment

  1. His was a fairly typical experience I would suspect…but oh the creativity that springs from boredom. Certainly true in my case with experiments called SPACE etc. Trying to spark creativity on the margins of church.

    Comment by Paul Fromont — March 11, 2005 @ 10:40 am

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