|Radio City Music Hall with Rosebud students|
But regardless of how glorious or inglorious the space, the simple truth is that sometimes theatre works and sometimes it doesn't. Even well-intended theatre can flop; and this can happen anywhere... Similarly, any small theatre can have a production that soars and inspires and totally works. It inevitably starts with a story that resonates, then somehow in the generous telling of it, the hearts and minds of those receiving are captivated so that everyone is focused on the same moment of truth at the same time. When this happens, you can sense it, and you come away inspired, challenged, grateful, and changed.
|Come From Away at the Schoenfeld, NYC|
I love that theatre is a collaborative art that goes one step beyond the creative family to the generous sharing with any who draw near to receive; the audience.
I wrote the above section before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and the humans of planet earth had their lives changed all in the same month.
|The Minutes at The Cort (We were allowed to photograph before the show.)|
The world has changed, but have I? Hard to say yet. What I do know is that now more than ever I long for community. I don't want people to be afraid to draw near to one another and breathe the same air and witness the same truth. When and how will we be able to do that again?
In a way, we are experiencing our own Come From Away; only this time it is "Do Not Stray", or rather "STAY HOME". I don't want to fret about my family back in the States suddenly needing me, but I do. I acknowledge there are those on the front lines not able to stay home, but for those of us trying to make sense of the new normal, now I say, there is something about a tragedy and being stuck at home that makes you keenly of aware of your hopes and needs.
Like many of you, I don't know how our livelihoods will recover, or if our economy and environment will find a new way to dance together, but I hope they will. Because there is one thing that many of us can no longer ignore: we are all human and we all affect one another and we all need one another to work together to save our countries, our species, and our planet. Just like in Gander when the bus drivers had to lay down their right to justice and everyone came together to do the right thing at a time when most of the world stood still and watched, we are invited to this new unlikely but necessary and beautiful community. Now we watch and wonder, but deep down, we long for GOOD.
Wherever we are, and however we share stories in the future, no matter how glorious or inglorious the space, may we all come away come away inspired, challenged, grateful, and changed.
|At the World Trade Center, NYC|