The name “Tipping Point” was inspired by the book written by Malcom Gladwell that carries the same title.
Tipping Points are “the levels at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable.”Gladwell defines a tipping point as a sociological term: “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.” The book seeks to explain and describe the “mysterious” sociological changes that mark everyday life. As Gladwell states, “Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do.”
In theatrical terms, the tipping point, is a moment that the course of a play shifts and there is no way to go back to the way things were. Often, plays center around the most important moments of a characters’ lives. Through the course of the play, characters encounter tipping points that alter their lives in some way.
We at TPT believe that the theatre we create has the power to inspire tipping points for the individual patron as well as our community as a whole.