Letter from the Chair:
The French philosopher Montaigne maintained “there is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state”. Here in the theatre at Wellesley College we have decided to peruse the question of familial relationships in many configurations for this our second year back home in Alumnae Hall.
Whether it be the three generations of the Armenian family from New Jersey in our first show, or the eccentric but very human Stott family in World War 2 era Newcastle-on-Tyne in our last, all are united by the dynamics of love,food, feuding and family. We decided to explore these stories in this time because families form the basis of our foundation in life, whatever shape or composition they possess. Some are formed within a close circle of blood relations, others are forged in the life ofthe work we choose. For good or bad they imprint us with a geneological and emotional history. As I reflect on this coming season and the joy with which we embrace these stories, I am again reminded of one of my favorite quotes from the Thomas Wolfe novel Look Homeward Angel:
“Each of us is all the sums he has not counted;subtract us into nakedness and night again,and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the love that ended yesterday in Texas.”
Together, you our audiences and our actors technicians and designers are embarking on a farflung tour of families and their intricacies. May the journey bring joy and enlightenment to all.