"I don't see theater as a pastime to go and escape from life for two hours. I see it as an escape inside of life," [Timothy Bond] says. "It's absolutely dialogue. It's about the dialogue between people, it's the dialogue around issues. And by reaching out into the community and by having them participate in different ways, we are creating a synergy around these plays.""It changes each year because the mood changes and issues change. So I'm trying to keep my finger on the pulse," Bond says. "It's about getting to know the community and connecting with the audience and guessing what's in the cosmos right now. What are people thinking about? What are the relevant issues in their lives?"Although [Ralph Zito] is new, he and Bond have a similar goal: to further dialogue between the theater and the community. "I hope our students will have a richer involvement in the community," Zito says. "It's not just about putting on a show, it's about 'What's the world out there and what's the dialogue about me and the world and how that will inform my work in the future?'"
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