July 17-August 2, 2015
Directed by Amanda Gass
Lighting and Projection Design by Courtney DeGinder
Costumes by Katy Hogge and Amanda Gass
I’m so very pleased and honored to have had the opportunity to direct Patrick Marber’s CLOSER for 7 Towers Theatre. My formal theatrical education is as a director, but long ago I took my first professional job as a stage manager and stepped away from directing for several years. I believe this production, with this script, this production team, and this cast has been an excellent re-introduction to the directing world for me and I’m so very excited to share it with you.
I’ve been drawn to this story for many years. I first saw the film in 2004 and read the play shortly after. I quickly fell in love with Marber’s poetic tale of love and sex and proposed it as my directing thesis project at Texas State University. I was heartbroken when my advisors chose a different show. In retrospect, I am thankful that my first real attempt at bringing this clever story to life is coming years later, after I’ve grown up a little, after I’ve had my heart broken, after I’ve broken another’s heart. I find myself connected to this play so much more deeply now than my 22 year-old self ever could have been.
I’ve come to realize that there are two types of people in the world (both represented in this play): those who make a choice to seek and invest in love, and those who believe that love is something magical, something fated, something outside of their control; those who take full responsibility for their love, and those who follow their hearts without reason. What transpires is a tale of four people who fall in love, but can’t seem to get it completely right. They lie, they cheat, and they find inconvenient moments to be truthful about the horrible things they’ve done to one another. They use their understandings of love to justify their behavior. None of these characters is completely innocent, but none is a terrible person either. They’re just people who want to love, be loved, and find some sort of happiness in this world.
All’s Well was funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
PRESS AND REVEWS
“Marber’s script is sparse and often formulaic, and its characters not incredibly well developed; we are provided with each character’s identity, profession, prowess at said profession, and a personal anecdote here and there, and that’s about it. This can be problematic in developing an audience connection, but director Amanda Gass conjures an apt vehicle to drive home the point: disconnection. Playwrights don’t make mistakes; they simply provide a road map for different interpretations of their ideas, and Gass has her cast tell Marber’s story through the unexpected yet ultimately satisfying lens of character collapse. Each of the four characters strives to love and for love, yet the proverbial stakes of the play are heightened through their paradoxical surrender to hormonal conflict and carnal desire. The mistakes we’ve all made in relationships past are on display in each character, and watching their choices inevitably lead them further from salvation is gleefully cathartic.”