Pandemics and the worst that humanity can muster have never had the power to quash the artistic drive to create. From ashes, from war, destruction and loss, artists have stepped forth as vehicles of reflection and inspiration.
Even though much of the arts and entertainment world has gone dark during the pandemic, the team at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center has been determined to present a full winter season as usual.
With creepy music playing in the background, the familiar voice of John Zirkle introduces “Inherent Danger: A Mountain Murder Series.” The new radio theater series created by the Big Sky Community Theater group over the last six weeks gives a nod to the culture of Big Sky.
So a follow up from the amazing show on the WMPAC stage last week and how this all came to be. I had a chance to chat with John Zirkle.
That feeling – the one found when securing that stretch of fresh powder and sharing it with friends on a bluebird day in Big Sky – John Zirkle loves that feeling. Zen days like that are works of art etched into memories. He wants to extend that feeling of connection and joy.
“Levity” is a stage play about the passing of a legendary rock star named Rick Hayes. Following his death, his children are charged with divvying up his large estate, a process complicated when Hayes’ first wife and former bandmate comes forward, looking for closure… and cash.
Lounging on a turquoise sofa in the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center greenroom, WMPAC Director John Zirkle takes some time to reflect upon the seasons that have come and gone, looking forward to the next one just around the corner.