Actress in scene from play

PLAY (/plā/ noun, verb)

Scene from Red NosesOne of the best reasons to do theatre at Wofford is that it is fun and funny: working closely with creative and playful professors and fellow students in the pursuit of the hilarious and the astonishing is some of the most fun you can have at college. Theatre is too hard and too important to do it for anything but love. In addition to our three faculty-directed main stage productions, Wofford Theatre also hosts Pulp Theatre, the all-student theatre group that produces a crazy and/or provocative musical each year with zero faculty involvement.

"To create, one must have a sense of adventure and playfulness. One needs toughness to experiment and hazard the risk of failure. One has to be strong enough to start all over again if need be and alert enough to learn from whatever happens… Above all, one has to possess the ability to play!" ~ Theresa Caplan

"It is in play and only in play that the individual is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self." ~ D.W. Winnicott

"Ritual grew up in sacred play; poetry was born in play and nourished on play; music and dancing were pure play…We have to conclude, therefore, that civilization is, in its earliest phases, played. It does not come from play…it arises in and as play, and never leaves it." ~ Johan Huizinga

"We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, then when we are at play." ~ Charles Schaefer

"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play." ~ Heraclitus

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct." ~ Carl Jung

"Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold." ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play." ~ Henri Matisse