Interview: Tim Robbins Needs Your Help
Tim Robbins. Photo courtesy The Collegian.
Guys, Tim Robbins seriously needs your help; he's in trouble. Well, more accurately, his passionate outlet, The Actors' Gang, is in trouble. You see, the Gang spends so much time and money helping out everyone from schoolchildren to their Culver City community at large and in rehabilitating convicted felons, things are getting tight. But Tim and the rest of the Gang, refusing to quit or even flinch, are deep in a months-long arts festival aptly titled WTF?! Fest. The festival has already hosted the likes of Tenacious D and Sarah Silverman with Tom Morello and Ben Gibbard to look forward to, among great film screenings and theatre productions. Their mission is simple: bring folks into their amazing Ivy Substation theater space, and keep them coming back enough to help sustain the decades-long (and absolutely imperative) community outreach programs the Gang has so diligently been a part of. Come to think of it, it sounds like we need Tim's help just as much as he needs ours.
As the star-studded WTF?! Fest continues into December at The Actors' Gang theater in downtown Culver CIty, Artistic Director Tim Robbins was kind enough to talk to LAist about the nature of good theatre, what it means to be a part of a community, and just how important it is to help others.
LAist: I think with the economy being what it is, you’re not really seeing the same level of artistic commitment to local communities these days as perhaps a few years ago. Yet The Actors’ Gang continues to push for more and more community involvement, most recently with the WTF?! Festival.
Tim Robbins: I think it’s the time to make more of a commitment. I think it’s up to all of us, whether it’s in the arts or education or healthcare, it’s time to volunteer. It’s time to use the time you have to make things better. You can’t wait for ‘them’ to do it for you, it’s just not going to materialize that way.