All hail the glorious Wikipedia for revealing heretofore unknown holidays! Not only is today World Whiskey Day (to which I say, drink up, ye of legal drinking age!), it is also World Theatre Day! 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the holiday, which some Wikipedia contributor has taken as inspiration for writing a World Theatre Day entry that focuses on the history of theatre in India. Beyond reading about India's fascinating theatrical history, however, embrace the endless possibilities of World Theatre Day and check out Parkway Central's unparalleled Theatre Collection, which houses amazing materials on the history of Philadelphia and American theatre. You can also check out our "Sundays on Stage" schedule and pencil a performance into your calendar.
And now, a remark from John Malkovich, who was appointed by the International Theatre Institute to be the public figurehead for the holiday's fiftieth anniversary:
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.