Here is our final guest blog of the season from actress Molly Parker-Myers who joined us for Talley’s Folly, the final show of the summer season. Thanks Molly!
“Theatre is creation. Unlike all the other arts, the theatre creates a world. As human beings, we need to actualize ourselves by creating. The theatre, as an art form, is the height of creation, for we literally create a complete and living world which focuses on ourselves as human beings. The experience itself, both by the artist and the audience member, makes the created world living. The situation may be made or fabricated, but the experience is completely real…. Because the experience is real and vital, the theatre literally creates the world in which we live, at least during the actual experience. Theatre, then, has the potential to significantly change lives, and help create the world outside the theatre.”
In the Talley’s Folly script, Lanford Wilson has Sally “climbing through the tall weeds and willow” to make her first entrance. She messily scrambles her way into the world of the play and down to the rundown boathouse where waits the love of her life. It’s a pretty good metaphor. The path to true love can be messy and difficult – and that’s essentially the substance of this lovely play, which I’ve had the pleasure of performing these last weeks here at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. These two lonely and roiling souls, Matt and Sally, find and create and tear down obstacle after obstacle to forge their way into each other’s lives and hearts. Such is love.
There is something about that course of forging down a largely untravelled path toward something great that also puts in mind the process of creating theatre. Although (like love) there is much fun and wonder involved, the path toward getting a show (or a season) up and running is often anything but smooth! And yet, it’s a path well worth taking. Theater is a reflection of our human experience, and we all need to shine a light upon and illuminate our lives on this earth.
Telling the story of Matt and Sally in Talley’s Folly, we have created a small world that says: take risks, get messy, take chances and be vulnerable. Indeed, Lanford Wilson may well be saying that the only way to find the love and the life you deserve is to drag yourself through the reeds and rushes and get to the end of the path. That’s at least a start. Matt says that humans are all eggs, protective of their shells, unwilling to get their “yolk broke.” The only way to make something greater is to break your shell. If Sally and Matt, two “such private people,” can eventually find it within themselves to do this, then maybe we all can, huh?
Take the untraveled path. Tear down obstacles. Break your yolk. Leap into the process of doing a play, or help to create and sustain a beautiful theater in Meredith, NH, fall for somebody, or find your passion in life, whatever that may be. And whether it be falling in love, doing a show, or creating an entire stellar theater season, what you have to remember is that though the obstacles may well be grand, the rewards are more than worth what it took to get there.
Go down to the boathouse. Just go.