Friday, January 29, 2010

“We... are in a meth-lab infested trailer park”

WE ARE ACCUSTOMED to bad Catholic art, according to Kevin O’Brien, founder of the Theater of the Word Incorporated:
“...It’s no secret that most Catholic or Christian drama companies do horrible work, ponderous, self-congratulatory, boring. Why is this?

I think it’s because it’s a ghetto out there. We really are in a meth-lab infested trailer park. Because the culture at large is so secular, and increasingly so anti-Christian, the market for the cultural work Christians do is more and more limited to the select few, the true believers, the fringe. So our artists end up working in a vacuum, where the market that exists for their work is a contrived one; and the patrons of Catholic art so forgiving and desperate that they take very literally Chesterton’s quip that a thing worth doing is worth doing badly – even though obviously a thing done badly is not worth patronizing, whether it be a book, a play, or a movie.....”


— From the article Bad Catholic Art, on the Theater of the Word Incorporated blog.

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