We are artists. We are comedians. We are creators.
When we are on stage we are creating. We are bringing something new onto the stage and into the world. We create new characters and worlds. We have a responsibility to create something we love.
Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein creates life without love. So much so that the doctor then begins to loathe the creature he has created. After giving life to the creature, "I issued into the streets, pacing them with quick steps, as if I sought to avoid the wretch whom I feared every turning of the street would present to my view. I did not dare return to the apartment which I inhabited". Shelley is preaching to us about the ethics of creation.
Our creations are not physical, like a monster. Our relationships are just representational of real relationships. Our characters are not real human beings. However, we are making, creating and adding energy into the universe. What we are creating is memories for people to recall and talk about. We are affecting the psyche of the people on stage with us and of the audience.
Although our creations are just shadows, they are not meaningless. Our show will never be seen again, but it was still experienced. We have a duty to make those experiences, experiences that we can be proud of, that reflect our values.
The great part about this is that all of our values differ. I have different beliefs that I hold than you do. Our job is not to find consensus. Ours is to create something on stage that each of us can be proud of. Something that reflects me as an individual and that values your choices and embraces our differences.
We are creators. Let's not create monsters. Let's create light that reflects who we are.