Last week, I was powerfully reminded of theatre’s ability to heal. We gathered at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. for a press event celebrating the now 90 participating Blue Star Theatres. Across 35 states, these theatres have dedicated programming towards recognizing the profound contributions of service families, seeking to build stronger connections between theatres, military families and their communities. Actor Larry Mitchell performed a scene from ReEntry by Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez, a moving account from an interview with a Marine about the experience of returning home from war.
I want to also extend a note of congratulatory thanks to Actors Theatre of Louisville on their 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays. I attended several weeks ago and was restored by the creativity and wisdom of the plays, including Gnit, Will Eno’s adaptation of Peer Gynt. Eno’s been on my mind of late because, in the April issue, his play The Realistic Jonses became the 150th play published in American Theatre magazine. Congratulations to the AT Staff on reaching this milestone!
In Louisville, I was also reminded of the leadership of theatre trustees, many of whom lead annual pilgrimages to Humana. Connecting with TCG National Council members like Kiki Ramos Gindler, Dawn Moore, Judy Lynn Prince, Theodore Rosky and Jim Steinberg, and past and former TCG board members like Ed Herendeen and Mark Shugoll, I was inspired by the commitment of trustees to the larger national theatre community. That spirit is just one of the reasons we hope that some of your trustees will join you in attending the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas...so will we see you in June?