“I’ve really realized that those minutes that I spend on stage are minutes of my life,” says Beaty. “We’re not up there to present good, clean work — we’re up there to try and catch some truth for the listener that is shared in real time. You can’t do that if you’re just presenting your good homework; you have to live.”
In a life already full of fascinating chapters, Soheil Parsa has turned another page. Early this summer, Parsa stepped down as co-artistic director of Modern Times, the theatre company he co-founded three decades ago with Peter Farbridge. The “dream” now for Parsa, as he characterizes it, is to work as a freelance director, liberated from fundraising and administrative responsibilities.