When I first read Kurt Vonngut in my early twenties, his rule-breaking style, humor, and provocative storytelling fed my soul and satisfied a thirst for words, images, and ideas that filled me with awe and wonder. It also inspired me to write. Woody Allen's early films also provided a template that felt kindred. Rachel Rosenthal, who conceived and founded "Instant Theatre," a Zen-based totally improvisational theatre company in Los Angeles, shook my world when I was 19 with her troupe's extraordinary, highly imaginative performances. I became a student and member. It is in the for more...