The Price— Letter from the Artistic Director
This letter appears on the inside cover of the playbill for The Price.
Welcome to The Price,
And welcome to an attic! The studio looks pretty different, huh?
One of the most exciting things about the arts is working with creative people who are always bringing new and interesting ideas to the table. When Shelly and Angie said they were discussing turning the ENTIRE studio theatre into our attic, I thought “Perfect!”
It is always our goal to bring you into the world of our plays whether it’s a church basements or a comic strip, but we seldom do it quite so literally. This time you’re not just in our intimate theatre space – you’re actually immersed in the environment where this story of family, duty, and perception unfolds – and what a play it is!
One reason that we as artists love the Studio is the chance to work on wonderful classics of the American theatre like this one (and The Glass Menagerie, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf). Arthur Miller (yes, the same Arthur Miller who was married for a time to Marilyn Monroe) is certainly one of only a handful of American playwrights whose plays have withstood the test of time, and elevated to classics. And while this play may not be as well know, or frequently produced as Death of A Salesman, All My Sons, or The Crucible it is none the less a wonderful study of human nature and perfect, in my opinion, for this intimate space.
This is also a place where you often get to see another side of our performers. Those of you who saw Lumberjacks in Love or most recently Ring of Fire know what an amazing musician Scott is, but he’s also an amazing actor who loves working on plays like this when we let him put down a guitar. And of course those of you who know what a gifted comedienne Marquetta is (and let’s not forget, it’s pronounced ‘Mar KEE ta’, not ‘Mar KETTA’) – also get to see her more serious side when she works in this space. However, I can promise you a lot of laughs this fall when you see her in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
So whether you’re on a sofa, a big cushy chair, or any of the other myriad of sit-able surfaces in this attic (including a few boring old regular theatre seats) we hope you’ll leave here in a couple of hours with a little more insight into why people do the things they do, and what effect our choices have not only on ourselves but on the people around us, too. And we hope you’ll help spread the word that there’s a wonderful play your friends and family should see – and it all takes place in a very unique “attic.”
As always, thanks for joining us. We’ll see you next time.