Every year I think that saying goodbye will get easier. I actually think it gets harder. This was truly the best theatrical experience of my life.
I sat out in the audience during Walter's "all occasions" soliloquy tonight, listened to Virgineola, saw the lights Dan has worked so hard on, saw the costumes Sally has slaved over, and viewed this incredible setting and I welled up. As a director you operate like a chef. You put together ingredients. You hope that foresight and vision will lead you to the right mixture. It doesn't always work. Sometimes things can be a bit off or a bit amiss. This was not the case here. In that moment I looked around and thought, "It worked. It really worked." I don't feel arrogant or pompous saying this because I feel like I simply put a group of people together in a space and they made it happen. I just picked the right ingredients.
Bravo to Alice and Complete Wrks too. This season was so exciting for audiences and covered the broadest spectrum yet. I love you all. I can't express how much this summer meant to me on a personal and professional level.
More soon. 2011 here we come.