Those of us who have chosen to make a life in the arts most likely know their value. If we didnt, it might be impossible to face the wild fluxes that make up any artistic journey.
Usually when someone writes a cycle of plays, the plays eventually get performed sequentially or in repertory, by a single company, in a single theater, under a single director. But rarely is a cycle of plays produced simultaneously thanks to a theatrical vision that both embraces an entire neighborhood of theaters as a venue and opens itself to a host of artistic voices as collaborators.
I often find myself a bit sad after the closing of a show. I miss the daily rehearsals, the continual discussions of the work and how to make it better. I miss the nervousness of audiences walking in and I miss talking with the team afterwards at the bar about what went wrong and what went right.
It feels so intimate when youre in rehearsal, like a little protected world youve created. All of a sudden you walk into the lobby, and there are all these strangers. It becomes a very social act.