I am writing to share my feeling of excited expectation and deep satisfaction, a sense of falling in love again – with Theater. Looking ahead to our Reopening 2021-22 Season fills me with a hundred sensations springing back to life. I step into our performance space, and there are the 12-foot-tall silver birch trees so carefully crafted by our theater artisans for The Realistic Joneses, standing like sentinels watching over a set gone silent for over a year. But silent no more!
Actors and production teams are returning now, first to film Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound, which we will offer online in August, then New Works in Action virtual plays for September as we start rehearsal to open for a live audience. Our cast will reclaim their grove of silver birches and launch our Reopening 2021-22 Season with The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno on October 7, 2021, a play that declares the power of hope in the face of illness and a challenging future. In December, after more than two years, our theater space will again be transformed to receive a family-friendly new production, Man Covets Bird by critically acclaimed Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, where the ability to expand our minds and hearts beyond ourselves takes flight in a magically simple tale. And in February 2022, Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison will treat us to the seductions and dangers of attempting to live in a dream of a seemingly kinder, simpler past.
This week, standing alone in our lobby at the entrance to the church where we perform, I sampled the gentle breeze created by the original fresh air ventilation system designed and built nearly 100 years ago, a system we recently upgraded and restored. The upgrade in ventilation is part of heightened safety measures to accommodate our audience’s return. Standing and feeling that gentle fresh breeze, it felt like a breath from a century past, from the present, and a whispered promise for the future all at the same time. I can only say it felt like falling in love.
This Reopening 2021-22 Season, please join us at Spooky Action and fall in love with Theater all over again!