Closing SMUDGE

“There is no real ending. Its just the place where you stop the story.” ~ Frank Herbert

We began Smudge still exhausted from our season opener, Where We’re Born. It was the quickest turnaround in KOLT’s short history, which brought out some fear and resistance. We were worried that we didn’t have enough pre-production time, that we wouldn’t be as prepared as we usually like to be at the beginning of rehearsals. But we did have three things that carried us through those fears, on a wonderful journey of exploration and collaboration that didn’t end until the curtain went down last Sunday: a thoughtful and creative script by an imaginative new playwright; an incredible team of collaborators, including cast, designers and crew; and audiences that buoyed us with their insights, questions and feedback.

Many thanks to playwright Rachel Axler for her thought-provoking work; to our Associate Artists for their time, energy and support (Ric Murphy, Brian Rife and Kellie Yvonne Raines); to Barry Hubbard, Eric Baldwin and Lauren Nardozzi for their commitment and consistent excellence at every performance; to Owen Smith, Victor La Rocco and Associate Artist Nastassya Ferns for creating a marvelous baby Cassie and the world she inhabited; and to our sponsors, Outword Magazine, Uptown Studios and TBrindisi Photography for contributing their skills and time to another KOLT project.

Most importantly, a huge thank you to all of you who came out to experience this quirky and unique piece. Its a hard sell to get folks out for theatre in the first place, much less if it is a piece of “thinking theatre” that no one has heard of. But we saw folks of all ages and types, familiar faces and new ones, venture into our theater and come out afterwards talking. Thank you for seeing it and for sharing your stories and questions. Thank you for telling your friends and posting your comments. Thank you for contributing to your local theatre scene.

Now, we go dark for the summer (at least in terms of a performance schedule). But we are already working on the finale of our REVELATIONS 2012 season, the wicked witchtrial tale of Caryl Churchill’s Vinegar Tom. Casting is underway, designs are being finalized, original music is being written and we are plunging into the world of gender and power relationships in 17th Century England. The trip down the rabbit hole continues ….

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~ by KOLT Run Creations on May 24, 2012.

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