I try not to get too personal on this site, since the focus is more the state of the American theatre, not my so-called life. But February really f&^%ed me over you guys. It was like I went to the Olympics and left without a medal. I worked really hard, I was kind to everyone, I helped not one, not two, not three, but probably like five or more people in a tremendous way, and I ended up face down in the mud, kicked by a cow. Hey, it happens. And it sucks. But, as the iconic Sassy Gay Friend would say, "write a sad poem in your journal, and MOVE ON."
After all that devastation, I was SO HAPPY to be at the Fountain Theatre with my friend Victoria, one of the hardest working LA actors I have ever met. Before the show, we met for a lovely conversation at the Fountains's quaint upstairs cafe over tea and beer. I can honestly say that there is no one I would have rather been at the theatre with that night, because through all of her immense hard work, Victoria has seen all kinds of s#&% like that go down, and I knew she would be the perfect person to just, chill me out, and remind me that if you want to get your dream, you just have to keep going and never give up. Also, the production of The Chosen by Aaron Posner we were about to watch was in extreme sold out mode even with their recent exertion. So I was super grateful to be the one chosen to receive one of her precious tickets!
What brings you further? Into life? Into the world?
Although this was very much a man's story, we agreed that that was ok given the cultural views and voices represented in the play. It would have been nice to see some of the women mentioned in the play and how they were affected by the choices and religious boundaries of the men, but we honor the male voice of the story. I don't necessarily like that, but I get it. But I also like Aaron Posner; he does good work. It was definitely well done, just not exactly my cup of tea.
On another note, Victoria and I LOVED the Jewish culture so strongly exhibited in the play. V mentioned how inspiring this culture is, given how in comparison to our Catholic upbringing, the religious traditions are a huge part of the family home, wholly embodied and passed down. These traditions are sacred, and such a huge part of the family identity. Plus, we love the music, love the Brooklyn accents, love the goy jokes, and of course the guilt. Mazel Tov! : )
Reuven: There's too much to do that can't wait.
Did the play make me want to change anything about myself...not particularly. After a rough month it was a little inspiring to watch two Jewish men go off and defy the odds to follow their dreams, in a world that told them no. The two very different father/son relationships were educational and a reminder that we never can be sure what's going on just a few blocks away; every family has its struggles. The performances were all truly wonderful, but at the end of the day, I'm just ready to see more work put up by this company. What I needed most in that moment was just letting go of February with Victoria. BUT, that is not to say that others from all kinds of different backgrounds couldn't be fervently moved by this piece of theatre.
Aaron Posner's The Chosen at the Fountain Theatre has been extended through May 7th. But you need to get your tickets now because this little place fills up quick!
Just before leaving the theatre, the show's producer James Bennett gave us each a Fountain Theatre canvas tote bag. It's the little things. Bring it on March.