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Friday, October 30, 2009

I've Never Told You This Before

We've been working on this show for a year.  And now it's ready.

Hello friends,

It is a very exciting time at Hand2Mouth Theatre as we rev up to see if our long exploration will resound with an audience, to see if we have made a work that makes people feel something.  As always we are confident, excited and nervous one week from opening.

This new show is a huge stylistic leap forward for the company. It is more elegant and gentle, the entire piece swims in a soundscape that seems to react to every word spoken, we move and dance nearly the whole show, there are hundreds of stories, confessions and sentences, more text than all of our last shows combined!

Its been over two years since we have created a piece for the stage by ourselves...no international collaborators, no trips to Mexico, no guest directors, no huge installation projects...just the company creating exactly the piece we want to make.  I think this work shows what we've learned in the last two years, and the kind of strange quiet, immediate live event we want to create.

This is a piece about our families.

It creates an unusual space that doesn't exist in the real world, but should, a space where all the things that you can NEVER say to those closest to you in your family ARE said, and said to total strangers, said to the public, one after another, after another.  There is an attempt to try and make a stranger FEEL what it is like to be a member of ones own family, all the historical trigger points, the essential stories and memories that define the emotional sense of belonging and alienation one has towards their family. This attempt, of course fails, but somehow succeeds in bringing people closer to understanding how truly unique and special their own family experience is.  Because, truly, only YOU can be a member of your own family.

Somehow because of the hyper-personal nature of it, the refusal to generalize, its really becoming a piece about FAMILY.

Over this last year we have struggled, fought, laughed and cried, so that we might share with you something very personal and very beautiful.

Please join us as we celebrate the opening of our new show,
Jonathan Walters

Artistic Director\Hand2Mouth

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