It has now been a full year since I've received my MFA. I went to the showcase for the class of 2017 last week.
Although he has a hard time getting around these days our dear professor Ming Cho Lee actually showed up to see the work. He uses a walker, stairs are difficult, but he still loves talking about theatre. At the end of the day, we gathered to toast the graduates and Ming was coerced into
giving a toast which he began “I have
some concerns…” Classic Ming. His concerns
were mostly that everyone thinks too much and feels too little ; “Stop being so goddamned pragmatic and start
finding the romanticism in these stories”.
He also touched on our current political situation. A man who escaped
Communist China and lived through the Great Depression and WWII has perspective on this trend
of nationalism and choosing sides. On that topic he told us to be wary of
concepts, to not easily align ourselves with any one idea. He said “be skeptical, have a sense of irony”. I miss that man. Some people
aren’t patient enough to hear what he’s saying but I am ever grateful that I
got to study with him.