Friday, April 19, 2013

how to write | director's statement

Here's a brief note from director Morris Ertman from before rehearsals began on why he was looking forward to working on HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE.

I've always believed that ordinary lives have significance that isn't measured in accomplishment. This is a play that illustrates extraordinary grace. A younger brother takes his broken older brother on a pilgrimage to the Vietnam War Memorial to help him banish demons that hold him captive. The same brother cares for a crazy, demanding dying mother and in the end realizes that the life of their family is in fact a sacred journey worthy of chronicling. Tackling a story that ultimately frames simple familial relationships in the context of great goodness is something worth diving into rehearsal for. It's also a treat to work with Anthony Ingram and Erla Fay Forsyth again. And scenic designer Lauchlin Johnson is delivering such an evocative scenic framework within which to tell this story.

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