Mixed Blood's Reuler: Receives national award, as optimistic as ever
|Jack Reuler: aw shucks icon at home, recognized nationally|
Here are a few quotes from Reuler's acceptance speech:
"The mayor and others have done a lot of proseletyzing about Chicago and the Chicago theater scene. I am impressed and even persuaded. But be reminded that the Mecca of the American theater resides in Minnesota, with its unparalleled talent pool, the unwavering support of funders, audiences, policy makers, and critics, and where the theaters care for one another and generously support each other's success . . .
"I used to lament that the American theater was stratified into the mainstream and margins. I felt that it was my job to help bridge the two. But as the years have gone on, I am proud to have a career in the center of the margins . . .
"It has been said that a community is defined by those who stick around long enough to become a parody of themselves. I look in the mirror every day to see if that applies to me . . . Parody or not, I'm sticking around because the best is yet to come. Thank you."