Sometimes an apology is a way to say that our relationship is more important than me being “right” or “winning”.
When we stop fighting on stage, we are showing that we value the group mind more than our own fear, pre-conceptions, and control.
Creating a shared experience and reality together is the reward.
Back in 1989 when I first started studying improv, I wanted to get all the materials I could get my hands on to read about my art. There was a used bookstore on Clark Street in Chicago. I wandered in there looking for improv books. I remember thinking how strange that they put the improv section right next to the occult section, rather than next to the theater section.
There is something mystical about improv. There is something that extends beyond our senses when we are on an improv stage. We're getting outside of our heads, and our bodies to connect with other people. We're dealing with something bigger than ourselves. If you are not a mystic, then this thing that were talking...