Critics occasionally use the word “indescribable” to describe experiences that can only truly be understood through a first-hand encounter. Some plays have such a thoroughly realized uniquely original voice, that audiences find it challenging to communicate their experience to people who have not yet participated in the theatrical event. Such is the case with playwright […]
Author Archive | Douglas Bursch
I don’t know if déjà vu increases with age or if reality starts repeating itself as I grow older. I don’t know if déjà vu increases with age or if reality starts repeating itself as I grow older, but last night while watching The 5thAvenue Theatre’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, I found myself […]
I believe Seattle musical theater aficionados will look back upon this season as a profound turning point in the trajectory of 5th Avenue Theatre productions. Two names will be spoken of when discussing this season: Sweeney Todd and Jay Woods. Jay Woods’ directorial excellence is on full display with her envisioning of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: […]
Unless you lived near Broadway most of your life and had a fair amount of disposable income, you’ve probably been introduced to most great American musicals through the form of a movie. Later, if fortunate, you were able to see a live theatrical production to determine how well the movie honored its source. Regardless of […]
In 1978, as a six-year-old kid, I watched the movie The Wiz, in a mostly empty mall theater with my older brother and sister. The movie enthralled, traumatized, excited, and bored me. As a somewhat sheltered white kid from the Pacific Northwest, I had a very limited understanding of black artists, black entertainment, and black […]
The other day while driving with my 20-year-old son, I noticed an electric car I had never seen before. As we drove by the bright light blue sedan, we were unable to identify its make and model until we reached the front and saw its iconic emblem. Both of us responded with similar quizzical expressions: […]
By Pastor Douglas S. Bursch, D.Min I’ve decided it would be good for me to write down why I support same-sex marriage. I am not attempting to convince anyone to change their opinions or perspectives. Instead, I am trying to communicate why my opinions and ideas concerning same-sex relationships have changed. I hope this will […]
So much talk about what Jesus would do or Christians should do. Doug talks about what Jesus actually did and how that should influence the way we interact with today’s culture.
When successful people give advice on how to live with failure, their message has already been compromised. Success disqualifies successful people from truly identifying with the perpetually, persistently unsuccessful masses. The rich man might have once been poor and the famous woman might have once been unknown, but their seasons of anonymity and languishing prospects […]
Doug looks at how we sometimes desire to create utopians communities to escape the inevitable problems of existence. He examines the similarities between progressive and conservative leaders and the movements they facilitate.