World Theatre Day was started in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute ITI. Celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centers and the international theater community, national and international theater events are organized to mark this occasion. Check out their official trailer below.
To mark the global celebration of World Theatre Day 2017, let's turn to some of the great stage artists for their insight:
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” - Shakespeare
“The way the world is, I think a silly evening in the theater is a good thing, to take our minds off terror.” - Tim Curry
“I regard the theater as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” - Thornton Wilder
“My only responsibility as a playwright and a storyteller is to give you the time of your life in the theater. I just happen to think that with Hamilton's story, sticking close to the facts helps me. All the most interesting things in the show happened.” - Lin-Manuel Miranda
“I feel there's a power in theater, but it's an indirect power. It's like the relationship of the sleeper to the unconscious. You discover things you can't afford to countenance in waking life. You can forget them, remember them a day later or not have any idea what they are about.” - Tony Kushner
“I like the ephemeral thing about theater, every performance is like a ghost - it's there and then it's gone.” - Maggie Smith
“Theater is my temple and my religion and my act of faith. Strangers sit in a room together and believe together.” - Harvey Fierstein
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