This line by William Shakespeare from the Tempest describes where we live now. I don’t need to tell you, very little is the same in everyday life. The seclusion we face is daunting. As much as we use and rely on our electronic methods of communication, it does not replace a handshake, a touch, a hug or even the kiss of a friend, loved one or family member.
While this last month certainly has been trying, what is clear is that we are all aching for contact on an emotional and physical level. The human species is a collective one that requires interaction with others. The loneliness and isolation we feel is not unique. What social distancing has turned into is an emotional morass that has us all in uncharted waters. Our collective human psyche is trying to navigate our new reality, while yearning for what used to be normal.
Perhaps we will not return to normal, but rest assured that when this Tempest subsides, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre will be here to serve our emotional, intellectual and cultural needs. Theatre is the most human of the art forms. It requires live performers in front of a live audience who tear off their facades in order to expose themselves emotionally - as a collective for the ephemeral experience in that moment.
Theatre has existed for over 2,500 years and it will exist as long as humanity survives. Your Jewish Ensemble Theatre has the people in it to make sense of this Brave New World. When the time comes, and it is safe to do so, we will begin our 31st Season. Until then, please be safe, healthy and happy