Current production: “This War is Not Inevitable” – an account of the birth of the idea of Rudolf Steiner’s Threefold Social Organism in 1917

THIS WAR IS NOT INEVITABLE IN NORTH AMERICA

PROVISIONAL TOUR DATES, 2018

 

 

Venues with addresses and times of performance

Latest version – last corrected on 13th March, 2018

 

DONE:

  1. Kolisko Conference, Hawaii Mon 19th Feb at 7.30pm

Honolulu Waldorf High School, 5257 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, ʻAina Haina

  1. Haleakala Waldorf School, Maui Sat 24th Feb at 7.30pm

Christopher Hall, 4160 Lower Kula Road, Kula, Maui

  1. Ojai Underground Excange Thurs 1st March at 7.30pm

1016 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, Ca. Tel: (805) 340 7893, www.ojaiartsexchange.com

  1. Urban First Aid Sat 3rd March at 7.30pm

7510 W Blvd, Los Angeles, 90046. urbanfirstaidla@gmail.com

  1. Camphill Communities California Tues March 6th at 7.00pm

Paloma Hall, Camphill, 4096 Fairway Drive, Soquel

  1. San Francisco Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. Sun March 11th at 3pm.

                  The San Francisco Waldorf High School, 470 West Portal Ave, San Francisco

  1. Summerfield Waldorf School Weds March 14th

655 Willowside Rd, Santa Rosa, Ca 95401

  1. Rudolf Steiner College, Sacramento. Sat March 17 at 7.30pm

Stegmann Hall, 9200 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

 

TO GO:

  1. Portland Waldorf School  –  Friday March 23

Bothmer Hall, 5915 SE Division St, Portland

  1. Seattle Waldorf School, High School –  Sat March 24th

7777 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 (Eurythmy room)

  1. Providence Farm Chapel, Duncan, BC –  Weds 28th March

1843 Tzouhalem Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 5L6

  1. Vancouver – Monday April 2nd

Waldorf Academy Gym. 250 Madison Avenue, Toronto, M4V 2W6

13a. Toronto  – Thurs April 5, 7pm

250 Madison Ave, Toronto $25 (students/seniors $15)

13b Hesperus Village, Toronto  –  Fri April 6th 3pm (short version)

         1 Hesperus Road, Vaughan, ON L4J 0G9, Canada

13c. Christian Community Church Toronto –   Sat April 7th 7.30pm

         901 Rutherford Rd., Thornhill. Phone: 905-709-4544

14a. Hawthorne Valley School  –  Mon 9th April, 7pm

         330 Co Rd 21C, Ghent, NY 12075. [Tel: +1-905-764-0840]

14b Copake Community                          Tues 10th April, 7.30pm

84 Camphill Road, Copake, NY 12516 [Tel: 518 329 4851

15 New York Anthroposophical Society  –  Thurs 12th April, 7.00pm TBC

            138 W. 15th St, New York, NY, 10011 [Tel: 212-242-8945]

  1. Kimberton Camphill Community –  Friday April 13th

Rose Hall, Pughtown Rd, Kimberton, PA 19442. [Tel 610 935 3599]

 

Plus high school performances at:

 

  1. Honolulu Waldorf School. Thursday 16th February
  2. Haleakala Waldorf School. Monday 26th February
  3. Vancouver Waldorf School. Tues April 3rd
  4. Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. Tues 10th April

 

 

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Venues with addresses and times of performance

Latest version – updated on 22nd Feb, 2018

[High school performances – see below]

 

  1.  Kolisko Conference, Hawaii – Mon 19th Feb at 7.30pm 

           Honolulu Waldorf High School, 5257 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, ʻAina Haina

      2.  Haleakala Waldorf School, Maui  –  Sat 24th Feb at 7.30pm

           Christopher Hall, 4160 Lower Kula Road, Kula, Maui

      3.  Ojai Underground Excange  –  Thurs 1st March at 7.30pm       

            1016 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, Ca. Tel: (805) 340 7893,  www.ojaiartsexchange.com

      4.  Urban First Aid  –  Sat 3rd March at 7.30pm 

            7510 W Blvd, Los Angeles, 90046. urbanfirstaidla@gmail.com

     5.  Camphill Communities California  –   Tues  6th March  at 7.00pm

           Paloma Hall, Camphill, 4096 Fairway Drive, Soquel

     6.  San Francisco Branch of the Anthroposophical Society – Sun 11th Mar 3pm

           The San Francisco Waldorf High School, 470 West Portal Ave, San Francisco

     7.  Summerfield Waldorf School  –   Weds 14th March

          655 Willowside Rd, Santa Rosa, Ca 95401

     8.  Rudolf Steiner College, Sacramento  –  Sat 17th March

          Stegmann Hall, 9200 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

     9.  Portland Waldorf School  –   Fri 23rd March

           Bothmer Hall,  Address to be confirmed*

     10.  Seattle  –  Sat 24th March

            Venue to be confirmed*     

     11.  Mercury Theatre, Duncan, BC  –   Weds 28th March

           Address to be confirmed*

     12.  Vancouver  –   Mon 2nd April

           Waldorf Academy Gym. 250 Madison Avenue, Toronto, M4V 2W6

     13. a. Toronto  –  Thurs  5thApril at 7pm     

              250 Madison Ave, Toronto $25 (students/seniors $15)

     13. b. Hesperus Village, Toronto  –  Fri 6th April  3pm (short version)

              1 Hesperus Rd. Thornhill. Tel: 905 764 0840

     13. c. Christian Community Church Toronto  –  Sat 7th April 7.30pm

              901 Rutherford Rd., Thornhill. Phone: 905-709-4544

     14.  Copake Community  –  Tues 10th April

     15.  Kimberton Camphill Community  –  Fri  13th April

     16.  Spring Valley Community Sunday  –  Sun 15th April  4.00pm

            Threefold   Auditorium, 260 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 1097

      Plus high school performances at:

  1. Honolulu Waldorf School. Thursday, 16th February
  2. Haleakala Waldorf School. Monday, 26th February
  3. Vancouver Waldorf School. Tuesday, 3rd April
  4. Toronto Waldorf School. Thursday, 5th or Friday, 6th April
  5. Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. Monday,  9th April

 

 

 

 

 

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Lightweight Theatre has just completed the first phase of its Threefold Social Organism Theatre Project. We have done twelve performances in NZ, seven in Australia, nine in the UK and Ireland, six in Germany and one in Slovenia – 35 in total.

Our next task is to bring this play to North America. We plan to begin with a performance at the Kolisko Conference in Hawaii in February 2018 and then take the play to the West Coast and work eastwards.

Our early performances were not so strong but we have now created a vigorous and powerful experience for audiences – one that is great theatre but at the same time informative regarding what the TSO really is.

Here are some audience reactions from the eighteen performances in NZ and Australia:

THIS WAR IS NOT INEVITABLE – Comments from audience members in the first eighteen performances,

Michael Burton’s play This War is not Inevitable is a rare combination of artistic accomplishment, engaging history and relevance to the dire situation and burning issues of the present time. It was the clearest and most accessible public presentation of the three-fold nature of society I have seen. Dr. William Riggins (nutritionist, author and troubadour)

For anyone who has never read or met Rudolf Steiner – perhaps who has only heard his name – this play is the opportunity to experience Rudolf Steiner in person. Even if we have studied his work for many years, the play is a unique opportunity to travel with him on that most important and fulfilling journey from the head to the heart. The two actors touch our hearts and bring Rudolf Steiner unforgettably to life so that we come away feeling that we’ve been addressed by him in person.

It would be wonderful for parents and friends of those who have their children at a Rudolf Steiner school to see this show, at least once. Doing so would help us to answer our children’s questions regarding the founder of their school.

Having attended the first night of This War is Not Inevitable, has been a profound experience for me and I will certainly try to see it more than once.  Hartmut Borries, (priest of The Christian Community in Auckland)

 It may sound naïve, but I felt so joyful to have met Rudolf Steiner! Audience member in Christchurch

Our students don’t often hear about Rudolf Steiner. So that struck me this morning – watching the students seeing someone portraying him. You crossed quite a threshold portraying Rudolf Steiner and Emil Molt. I watched them watching you with great appreciation and a new feeling for what is behind their school. The students were full of JOY in seeing Steiner and Emil Molt portrayed. Europe ripped itself apart in the First World War, but out of this came the first Steiner School. They connected with this deeply. Every pupil at a Steiner School should see this. High School teacher, Wellington

Something that stuck with me was when you said that if you want to change things you will have to risk everything. I think that’s really true. People don’t like to take risks. As a society we have to learn to take risks and take those bold steps in order to improve the world. You got the idea of the problems in the world spot on – and what we can do about them. Class 10 student, Wellington

Although this is a historical play, it seems to me to be deeply relevant to the present situation. I loved the way Steiner was portrayed – with real passion for what he was doing; surely it is only in such a way that we can change the world! Audience member in Sydney

People in our location are doing these things. They may never have heard of Steiner or Anthroposophy, but I can see much in the Blue Mountains which is just the same as what you showed in the play. It seems to me that these ideas are trying to appear in many places in the world. Your play helps them to get stronger. Audience member in Blue Mountains, Australia

Studying a book feels so inadequate compared to what you brought to us through art. I believe that for people who find it difficult to take in Steiner’s ideas, your portrayal cuts through intellectuality and builds bridges of understanding to the spirit of Anthroposophy. Marilyn Lewis, Canberra

Before the performance I didn’t know very much about the TSO, but after I had seen this performance I came away feeling I had met with it first hand and could grasp it. It released in me a whole lot of thinking and fed me with energy for my will. Audience member in Sydney

Our High school students responded to the 50 minute version with some very insightful questions. They were drawn in by the character of the modern young Otto who is struggling with his own demons and those of the zeitgeist. Even though some of the younger students only had a vague understanding of the machinations behind World War One, they followed with close attention the endeavours of Rudolf Steiner and his friends to bring about real social change. There were many positive comments from them after the show. Sophia Montefiore, HSC coordinator at the Newcastle Waldorf School

In the evening performance of the full version, out teachers, parents and friends were able to experience Steiner’s ideas on threefolding in a lot more detail. And the thoughtful discussions and sharing of ideas at the end of the show sowed a lot of seeds for future will activities. Sophia Montefiore, Newcastle

Watching the actors come in and out of their various characters was refreshing and organic and the historical interpretation was fascinating. I am especially inspired to revisit the Threefold Social Order in response to the deep and serious problems in the world today and feel very moved, at a will level, to help bring this impulse into the world. Lisa Corser, Melbourne

 

 

This is the kickstarter video from our very earliest days; it was put together very hurriedly to raise funds to begin. Although it is very primitive it still has is a good description of what we are trying to do. On the kickstarter website I post regular updates.

 

For further information and bookings contact me at michaelburton999@yahoo.com.au or use this contact link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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