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A note to first-year students
A gauntlet for us all. In the theater, and perhaps not just in the theater, everybody wants to know “the secret.” (The secret of finding the way inside another person or reality, the alchemic secret of total and uncompromising transformation.) When it is not called a secret, the pursuit of the elusive truth has many other names: system, program, practice, project, schema, technique, formula, or method. But if there is a secret, then the secret simply is that there are no secrets. When attempting to make theater, both the beginner and the experienced find themselves on the threshold of something so extraordinarily new that it could be described only imperfectly, through metaphors, similes, and approximations. It is as if exploring a new planet, certainly inhabited by people like us but yet unknown, unseen, and unheard. Will we ever meet them? Will we ever chart these mist-covered lands?
In the fall of 2015, we’ll descend together on an unnamed planet with all the alarm, consternation, apprehension, and emotion we always feel when we begin the adventure of our lives. It will certainly feel like a gauntlet to us all. We’ll meet clowns from Denmark and playwrights from Chile, we’ll reunite with recently graduated colleagues who are already making their mark in the world, we’ll dance and sing. Because true theater is always an astonishing adventure in its ambition and humanity, we might, if we are lucky, transform ourselves into better versions of what we are.