“Wonder will always get us there…”

What a joy Silent Sky has been. Some shows just have such an affect on people – audience, cast, designers, crew – that you don’t want them to end. Watching this beautiful script by Lauren Gunderson do that to people over the last 5 weeks has been wonderful and, now that we have reached the closing performance, I find myself feeling the same way.

The sense of wonder, of exploration and perseverance from this show is beautiful and inspiring. The sheer joy it evokes, that sense that “Anything Is Possible”, is just so beautifully interwoven with the loving bittersweet reminder “But… we don’t have forever… so Savor Everything.”

Working with the entire production team on this show has been an amazing journey. Telling the story of Henrietta Leavitt, Annie Cannon and Williamina Fleming – true pioneers in their field who persevered and changed the world around them despite incredible resistance – has been an absolute gift, and one of the highlights of my career so far. I offer a giant THANK YOU to the many wonderful people who helped to make it happen!

Because the real point… is seeing something bigger. And knowing we’re a part of it, if we’re lucky. In the end that is a life well-lived. Because thank God there’s a lot out there bigger than me.

-Henrietta Leavitt, SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson

Sunday Quotes: Opportunity from Crisis

I’ve come down with an illness that’s sort of knocked me flat, making rehearsals for the last few days a very large challenge.  Still, nothing to worry about, and it’ll all be fine, but the thing that I’ve been the most grateful for (aside from my wonderful wife and kids being awesome), is that the cast and company of The Usual have responded in a tremendously positive way.

This had me thinking  about how, with the wrong reaction, a minor crisis could easily turn into a major one that really wreaks havoc on a project.  On the flip side of that, a good team can take the moment and soar.  I’m blessed to be working with such a good team.

When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.
– John F. Kennedy

Problems are just opportunities in work clothes. 
– Henry Kaiser (although, I always think of my friend Dana White, who lives by this motto, introduced me to it, and brings it to every lighting design he does!)

Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.
– Ashleigh Brilliant

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
– Winston Churchill

Remember, the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability.
– Ho Chi Minh

Sunday Night Quotes: Teamwork

Collaboration and teamwork is always a challenge. As we’ve been working on Dead Man’s Shoes, I’ve been happy with the collaboration between the two companies (Williamston Theatre and Performance Network Theatre), and between the design team and and director. As we near the end of the process, I decided to explore some quotations on the subject…

The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than each other.
– Thomas Stallkamp

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
-Vince Lombardi

When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I’ll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.
-Colin Powell

Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.
-Bill Bradley

You can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.
-Napoleon Hill