It’s difficult to say what happened, exactly, that made this latest theatrical journey such a powerful experience.
Some have said it’s that we tried something completely out of our comfort zone. But we’ve done that before.
Some suggest that it’s the incredible cast, oozing with talent and committing to the very end to make new discoveries and add even more energy to every scene, night after night, culminating in a near-perfect (yet perfectly unperfect) closing night performance. Yet I’ve experienced casts like that, many times.
Others point to the amazing crew, including my firstborn with whom I’ve been craving the opportunity to create this kind of art ever since they were born, and my best friend who had me totally convinced he was off the bench for any theatrical projects yet jumped in full belly-flop without even dipping his toe in the water to check the temperature. However both these humans have shown time and time again, in other meaningful ways, that they are “all-in” with me, all the time.
Perhaps it’s simply that we innovated, that we “made great art” as the near-divine Neil Gaiman advised us to do, that we rose up despite the naysayers and had a helluva good time doing it.
Most likely, it was all of the above, and then some.
Or simply, this:
Thanks to everyone who played on that beach with me. I’ll not soon forget it.