As we work to create the commune within Iredynski’s The Third Breast, the team has been discussing what our perfect communes would look like. It is interesting how each one of us has such distinct visions of what the ideal way of living should be. And yet, somehow, they seem as though they could fit together. Below are some of the thoughts each of us have expressed during rehearsals so far. We invite you to read them, and ask yourself: what would your perfect commune look like?
I can’t imagine living in a place cut off from the world. However, my perfect world would be one no financial worries. No violence. A place where I could live doing what I love, and everyone around me could also do what they love; It should be a good mix of interests and passions. Where I could be outside when I want to be and exercise regularly. I would want to be able to travel, to teach and share with others. I want to connect with people who are passionate in life and about what they do. I want to be able to read and have interesting discussions. It would be nice to have a place both near the ocean and close to a city.
The really really striking thing about the world today is how global society has become, and how the character of individual places has been compromised in a really unfortunate way. When I first moved to New York in the early 1980s, I felt like, oh wow, I’m here like 15 years too late, I’ve missed all of the excitement. But now, everything is chains where there used to be blocks and blocks of independent clothing stores and record stores. The whole neighborhood is gone. All the places that really made me think about what made New York really exciting then. Now looking back it’s like, 1983 was the golden age. Culture was so much more shared, unified. Now I have no idea who these magazine covers are and why I’m supposed to know them.
An other element of communes that I would find very attractive is nudity, or not wearing much clothes. That’s one of those restrictions that just doesn’t make sense. What it it, 91 degrees today? And we’re all very, very dressed. It’s just very freeing. It’s this taboo that you’re allowed to break on stage, but you can’t just walking up and down the street.
Mathew Ingraham (“George”)
I believe in a place that is corrupted and organic. A place that is self sustaining and free of deception and lies. A place where I can live with all of my friends and family and we are all kind and loving towards each other. A place where we can all do what we love. I would be able to perform and read and write. I can have a safe environment where I can have and raise my children. An environment where everyone is supported and encouraged to do what they love and follow their hearts. A place where there are rolling fields with vineyards and farms. There would be lots of hours running and lots of puppies. The horses would run through the rolling fields and everyday would be beautiful. When it rained it would be a warm nourished rain that revitalized the earth. Everyday would be a celebration of life. It would be a place where you could learn and share knowledge with multiple creative out
Above all, I believe in peace, love and happiness; passion for life. We would start each morning with exercises to open people up and feel the good energy from nature. In my commune, everyone would respect each other, listen to each other, love. There would be no jealousy or envy (which is really what creates all the war and misunderstanding in the world). We would use different cultures to help people understand each other better and thereby accept each other’s differences.
Rachel (Stage Manager)
It would definitely be located up in the mountains, surrounded by trees and valleys, rivers and clean, fresh air. We would be self sufficient, energy-wise. Wind and water generators, possibly bio fuel. There could be a communal farm. it would be a completely democratic and egalitarian society. One person, one vote. I think I would create a place where people could enter and exit on will. for example they could work outside the commune and still live in the community. In that vein, the Moshav model in Israel is appealing to me.
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