Reflecting on theatre |

Reflecting on theatre

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank all of our theatre patrons who helped to make Thunder River Theater Co.’s production of “The Glass Menagerie” so successful. We nearly sold out every performance. Even our Sunday matinee, traditionally a small audience, was three-quarters full. And our final night, Saturday, March 20, was completely sold out, even with other events happening at the same time.

“The Glass Menagerie” – although written more than 60 years ago – could have been written yesterday. People laugh, and then they recognize something in the play; reality sets in. Classic drama reveals in part who we are as a people … and that is why it is a classic. Theatre is a reflection of our culture. We are all experiencing this down time, and the play resonates for us. I also believe that a well-acted and uniquely theatrical production, in and of itself, can be uplifting, if simply as a work of art.

Theatergoers remember our dramas, and like this show, we received dozens of e-mails from our patrons sharing with us how much they enjoyed the production, one of their favorites, and one that they are still talking about it. Thank you for those notes; it pleases us that you feel that way.

I think the reason the play lingers is due to the fact that you do go out after plays like “The Glass Menagerie,” “Death of a Salesman” or “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and talk about the play – it stays with you. People don’t usually go out after comedies to talk about them, like our recent production of Neil Simon’s “The Prisoner of Second Avenue.” It doesn’t stick, it fades away rapidly … hence, people think we only do dramas. This is amusing, because half of our productions over the past 15 years have been comedies.

As a theatre company, it is important that we maintain the legacy that theatre is a mirror, a reflection of our culture … not all sad, dramatic, nor happy … it reflects all of our emotions. We can only hope that we manage to continuing giving you the standard of excellence that you have come to expect from the Thunder River Theater Co.

Lon Winston

executive artistic director, Thunder River Theatre Co.

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