Eros and Psyche is on paper from the self-named series depicting the classical myth of the discovery of sexuality.
I was lucky to have attended a radical arts ⁄ work camp as a teenager, Lincoln Farm (no longer extant). Here I met and played with the children from the leftist and the Bohemian cadre from Greenwich Village, Woodstock, etc. We built our own cabins, attended art workshops or traveled by cattle-car during our 8-day week to visit practitioners of all media around the Catskills and beyond. These kid’s fathers and mothers had names like Levine, Golub, Borroughs, Miller and many more. This was a place of radical life and ideas and it influenced me greatly. Robert Soffian
Acrostic Interview with Robert Soffian.1
Tagline: Give yourself and your work a tagline or sentence.
The Narrative Drive is strong in this one.
Rest: How do you spend your time off?
It seems I am always focusing on creating things. When I am not doing, I am usually thinking about what and how I will create the next time. Therefore, I do my research by reading about ancient history and paleontology and past cultures. I also write poetry as a personal journal. I enjoy reading biographies too, but watching and playing sports have always been something I do seriously. Baseball is my favorite. Although having been to the University and living in Wisconsin, I follow THE PACKERS closely. I travel internationally as often I can. I lived for many years in Amsterdam and think of Greece as a place whose light and culture makes it a second home. Spending time with my adult children is a wonderful pleasure. They are all three creative and unique people. I still keep up with theatre and follow new playwrights and productions. I have been directing plays for nearly 40 years. So telling stories on stage or inside a picture frame is my passion.
Robert Soffian (born 1947, Philadelphia, Pa) is an emeritus professor of theatre, a director, painter and poet. He holds an MFA from the University of Virginia (1985) and BA in Cultural Studies/History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison (1969). For the almost 30 years he taught at Shasta College in Redding, CA. Soffian has directed, designed lights, created mis en scen, and experimented with digital projected scenery for well over 100 plays. As a producer, he ran two theatres: Century Hall and the Metropole Theatre (Milwaukee, WI). Soffian has curated dozens of exhibitions, ballet, opera, performance art, and music events. (He is credited with having discovered the Violent Femmes).