If the Road is Life, Patience is the Best Travel Companion

We are charged to play the pieces we are given in life.

Like a thousand-piece puzzle of only clouds, we arrange and rearrange images with promise,

Only to come undone as we force a four-pronged segment into a home built for two.

“How tiresome” we say, irked by the challenge of completing a task so daunting, so detailed.

But the pieces? They’re all there. That perfect end-result? That is there too –

A reward for those who lend their eye to detail, who worry not about the concerns of time.

“It will get finished.”

So continue on. Rotate those small parts through your anxious fingers until they find their place.

For to abandon your work halfway through, is to give up your chance to finally see the sky.

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No theatre? No problem.

Don’t have a traditional theatre on hand? More and more groups seem to be saying “that’s alright, we’ll make do” and seeking out alternative theatre spaces. And I have to say, I love this trend. A production of The Tempest staged steps away from the ocean,  Halloween-themed shows performed in a cemetery, even promenade plays that invite audiences to walk along the streets of a town and experience a theatrical event in an incredibly immersive fashion. A notable example is the NYC production, Sleep No More, which took a few abandoned warehouses and created “the McKintrick Hotel,” a 1930s setting for a multi-story recreation of MacBeth. Audience members don masks and follow the action of not only the Shakespeare original, but also what precedes and follows the story of Mac as we know it.

An immaculate amount of detail, room after room of embellishments and the result? A macabre and innovative manner of storytelling that invites the audience to be a part of its unsettling nature.

Images by Sara Krulwich