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David Dower

Wither Shalt Thou Follow Me?

arrowsMy longtime theatrical collaborator, David Dower, is far away, in Washington, D.C.  So as we collaborate on our new piece, Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?, we are experimenting with communicating via Twitter (among other methods, like the old-fashioned telephone call).

If, for some reason, you’d like to join us on our continuing journey (which, admittedly, will sometimes seem obscure or confusing, as you will be joining us a dozen years into our overall conversation), you can go on Twitter and “follow” warholjew (that’s me) and WarholDir (David).  And if you feel moved to offer a reply, or argument, or question, you can send out a Twitter tweet with “@warholjew” (but not the quote marks) embedded in your message — such as:

@warholjew You call yourself a Jew?

Or:

@warholjew, I knew Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol was a friend of mine. And you, sir, are no Warhol Jew!

That way, I will be sure to see your tweet.  (Add “@WarholDir” as well, and David will see it too.)

Also, as with all Twitter streams, you have to read from bottom to top — i.e., in chronological order.  And to take in the whole conversation, you’ll have to hit “More” a few times, to get to the beginning — which is to say, bottom.  (Do Twitter streams in Hebrew start at the top, I wonder?)

My hope is that this can be another way for me to improvise within a community — an extension of my live improvs at theaters — and to get more of the feedback that I find so invaluable.  My fear is that none of this will be of any interest to anyone, and that I am pissing (my Twitter stream) into the wind.

But I have to say that, so far, it’s been really helpful — exciting even — to be able to jump out of the shower, jot down a bunch of 140-character-max ideas as warholjew, and then — not long after — find a series of David’s brilliant responses waiting for me the next time I check.  And I’m curious to see whether this can become a community thing as well, with your input.

At the same time, by the way, I continue to maintain my ordinary, ecumenical Twitter and Facebook identities.  Oh, and I also still exist in the physical world — though in a much less organized way.