"An honorable human relationship -- that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word "love" -- is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other. It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation. It is important to do this because in doing so we do justice to our own complexity. It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us."

 

"Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lyingā€¯ (from On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978) Adrienne Rich

We Believe...

  • We believe in an honorable theatre.

  • We believe that theatre is necessary to the soul.

  • We believe that collaboration is hard, uncomfortable and vital. We believe that the discomfort generates friction which can generate pearls.

  • We believe that the act of sharing a play enriches both the actors and the audience. But we believe that act must not be too easy - it is through the act of wrestling with a play that we come to understand it best.

  • We believe when we create theatre, we must start from a place of love. We believe that love is a state of anarchy, where ideas and beliefs can ricochet through the space and be met by "yes." We believe that "yes" cannot always be the answer, but that to assume that it will not be shuts down the collaborative art.

  • We believe that our audience is smarter than we think they are - and hungry for us to ask them to use their minds as well as their hearts. We believe it is, as Howard Barker writes, both an honor and an obligation to challenge the audience.

  • We believe that it is also an honor and an obligation to challenge ourselves - we are capable of more than we would think.

  • We believe that theatre can go after the heart and the brain through the whole body - that finding the most beautiful stage picture for a moment, whether it makes coherent intellectual sense or not can be as satisfying to an audience as the most beautifully delivered soliloquy. We believe that finding those moments that make emotional rather than rational sense is critical to the creation of a moving piece of theatre.

  • We believe that there will never be enough money and that no matter how much time we allow, we will always feel that we could have used more. We believe that the very feeling of scarcity created by those truths leads up to more ingenious creations. Therefore, we believe that we should never excuse our work by saying "if only we'd had more time, more money, more ___".

  • We believe that our work can continue to grow after it has seen its first, tenth, hundredth audience - we believe if we are not constantly trying to explore and explode the work, we should not be involved in live performance. we believe in the alchemy between the audience and the performers and we believe that this alchemy can transform a play.

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