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From John Malkovich on World Theatre Day: “Teach us about the beating of the human heart in all its complexity.”

Today is World Theatre Day. Stage and film star John Malkovich delivered this year’s message from Paris at the headquarters of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and its theater wing, the International Theatre Institute.

Malkovich’s Message:

“I’m honored to have been asked by the International Theatre Institute ITI at UNESCO to give this greeting commemorating the 50th anniversary of World Theatre Day. I will address my brief remarks to my fellow theatre workers, peers and comrades.

“May your work be compelling and original. May it be profound, touching, contemplative, and unique. May it help us to reflect on the question of what it means to be human, and may that reflection be blessed with heart, sincerity, candor, and grace. May you overcome adversity, censorship, poverty and nihilism, as many of you will most certainly be obliged to do.

“May you be blessed with the talent and rigor to teach us about the beating of the human heart in all its complexity, and the humility and curiosity to make it your life’s work. And may the best of you – for it will only be the best of you, and even then only in the rarest and briefest moments – succeed in framing that most basic of questions, ‘how do we live?’ Godspeed.”

– John Malkovich

Tuesday, March 27, is World Theatre Day

John Malkovich to give International Message

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre and home of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-US), invites all theatres, individual artists, institutions and audiences to celebrate the 50th annual World Theatre Day on March 27, 2012. Created in 1961, World Theatre Day is celebrated annually by ITI Centers around the world and the international theatre community.

Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited by ITI Worldwide in Paris to craft an international message to mark the global occasion. This year’s message was written by award-winning actor, director and producer John Malkovich.

In honor of World Theatre Day’s 50th celebration, TCG asks its membership, theatre makers and audiences to participate in ongoing World Theatre Day projects like the I AM THEATRE video project and by submitting essays for the Circle on the theme of Generations Without Borders.

TCG also encourages the dissemination of Malkovich’s message through email, Twitter and Facebook, as well as in theatre programs and pre-show speeches to help raise awareness of World Theatre Day.

Visit the World Theatre Day website for more ways to get involved!

A Message from John Malkovich

John Malkovich in rehearsal for a play in Santa Monica (2008).

Stage and screen star John Malkovich will deliver the opening message for the 50th annual World Theatre Day on March 27. He will deliver this year’s message from Paris at the headquarters of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and its theater wing, the International Theatre Institute.

Malkovich’s Message:

“I’m honored to have been asked by the International Theatre Institute ITI at UNESCO to give this greeting commemorating the 50th anniversary of World Theatre Day. I will address my brief remarks to my fellow theatre workers, peers and comrades.

“May your work be compelling and original. May it be profound, touching, contemplative, and unique. May it help us to reflect on the question of what it means to be human, and may that reflection be blessed with heart, sincerity, candor, and grace. May you overcome adversity, censorship, poverty and nihilism, as many of you will most certainly be obliged to do.

“May you be blessed with the talent and rigor to teach us about the beating of the human heart in all its complexity, and the humility and curiosity to make it your life’s work. And may the best of you – for it will only be the best of you, and even then only in the rarest and briefest moments – succeed in framing that most basic of questions, ‘how do we live?’ Godspeed.”

– John Malkovich