Monday, July 7, 2014
Brigham Young, Dahling!
Dahling, did you hear what the great Mormon colonizer king, Brigham Young, ironically said about the theatre? It was quite Victorian, but still impressive considering what a truly bad melodramatic actor I heard he was . . .
“If I were placed on a cannibal island and given the task of civilizing its people, I should straightaway build a theatre for the purpose. Upon the stage of the theatre can be represented in character, evil and its consequences, good and its happy results and rewards; the weaknesses and the follies of man, the magnanimity of virtue and the greatness of truth. The stage can be made to aid the pulpit in impressing upon the minds of a community an enlightened sense of a virtuous life, also a proper horror of the enormity of sin and a just dread of its consequences. The path of sin with its thorns and pitfalls, its gins and snares can be revealed, and how to shun it.”—Brigham YoungI don't care how you Brigham, just Brigham Young.