Message from the Artistic Director
Welcome to our 42nd season - the season of Awake and Dream!
Our slogan this year may seem an odd or whimsical call
to action, but it is nonetheless a wondrous and provocative
one. It is all about possibility . It is a perfect
theme for our 2004 roster of offerings, for without exception,
all tell tales of awakenings, of revelations and of dreams
about what might be - whether it be the promise of a better
life, the discovery of love or faith, or the prospect of a
Awake and Dream!
is an equally apt description of what happens when we
engage in the act of theatre-going. There is a ritual to which
we all intuitively submit upon entering the dimly lit hall
of a theatre. We prepare to enter an alternative realm ––
a domain where anything is possible — and we open up
to the "proposals" and the worlds conjured up by our writers
and artists. In the magical darkness of our theatres, we enter
territories where our hearts, minds and senses are awakened
in a way that is unique, potent and often life changing.
power of theatre can electrify, mobilize and help us see visions
of what might be, or what we might become — visions
that encompass the entire scope of human experience, from
the basest to the most noble, from the most humble to the
most ambitious quests or dreams. Like our dreams, theatre
leads us to undiscovered countries, new ideas, startling revelations
and fresh inspirations. It is a place where dreams come true
and where they are born. In these troubled times,
it is more important than ever that we remember how to dream
and believe that our visions can be realized. So, let the
tales and words of our master storytellers lead the way —
come, awake and dream with us!