One of the actors told me that the word amateur came from a French word meaning “from the heart” or “lover of” – this amazing cast, crew, and creative team have poured their hearts and souls and time and talent into creating this little gem of a fairy tale and I am so very proud of them. Most of them do this for nothing more than the chance to crack open their joys and pains and work wildly on something they believe in. So, first, a thank you to them. Then, a thank you, to you the audience. We couldn’t do this without you. We need you to: witness, react, give feedback, be moved, and to create dialogue – you are the last and vital piece of our theatre puzzle – you are what make this art form stay relevant, thanks for showing up!
Prelude to a Kiss is a modern day fairy tale, and like most fairy tales, there are darker and greater forces at play than what we first see. This story centers on a simple romantic comedy with a magical twist of fate, but at its core this is a story full of ideas on life, love, loss, and aging. Mary Oliver wrote one of my favorite poems, “The Summer Day,” which ends with:
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?
That’s the question propelling our story, that’s the inspiration for the work, that’s the theme I hope you go home with. We have this one wild and precious life “never to be squandered… the miracle of a human being.” We are enough, we are here right now for a reason…this journey is worth the process.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Prelude to a Kiss | Jun 07-22, 2019