My husband and I were visiting Austin last week and by chance stumbled upon All My Sons at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. We are both actors who are working in LA, who are members of our theater company/school Playhouse West for nearly a decade and at which my husband teaches. We are film makers and along with acting in theater all the time we also direct theater. I say all this because I want to stress how very much we are enmeshed in the world of acting out here in LA.
Because, when we were driving away from the theater after seeing All My Sons last week, we both enthusiastically agreed that it was one of the best pieces of theater we've ever seen-ever. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco-anywhere ever.
I myself was so moved by the courage and focus and clarity of the actors and the wonderful and imaginative direction that seemed to sync the cast into one another, telling the same story and giving that story so much color and light. All My Sons is a work of extraordinary and beautiful writing and your play served that writing and made it rich and lovely and it touched me very deeply. It can be very moving as an actor to go to the theater, especially when the play is All My Sons, and I thank you so much for offering me the height of that experience. Because my life was bettered for it. And that is so rare, so very rare a thing.
If you can, please pass this message on to the actors and director and crew. It's often a thankless job doing theater. Sometimes the only satisfaction is the joy of getting to act, to create. But, I want them each to know that I applaud their work and am so thankful for it. Whatever you did, keep doing it. The world needs it. It's worthwhile. When I left the theater I had a resounding feeling in my heart that said, That is Success.
I hope this message finds you well.
All our Love