As a pre-teen I was exposed to theater first-hand, as family and friends were members of the Southampton Players, a contemporary of the early Langhorne Players. We converted an old barn to a theater, and I helped with everything from transporting scavenged seats to building sets to making refreshments, (think 20 gallons of lemonade in a trash can!). My big break came in the 7th grade when I was cast in the title role of The Winslow Boy. Unfortunately, soon after the barn was sold, and Southampton Players died without a proper venue.
Time went by, and my dreams of again immersing myself in theater remained on hold in favor of more practical pursuits. Yet Laura and I were season ticket holders here, and every performance elevated my latent passion. I particularly remember coming home from seeing As Bees in Honey Drown thinking, “I really want to do this.”
A life-threatening experience in 2010 brought me up short with that “now or never” feeling. I auditioned for Eurydice, and with the incredible luck of being cast, was on my way. Though I have appeared on other stages, I consider Langhorne my “home.” Everyone here is friendly and supportive, and this creaky old mill speaks to me in a way that connects my lifelong work in construction with my new career in theater. I have been given opportunities unimaginable (well ok, unlikely) in real life. As actor, set designer, set builder, producer, and booth operator, my abilities have been challenged and rewarded. I have also enjoyed the more mundane thrills of usher, box office, signage, trash management, and roof repair.
When watching a good performance it’s easy to overlook the immense amount of work it takes to make it happen. I am so honored to be working with such dedicated, talented and energetic people — true magicians who give of themselves play after play, season after season, and work their wonders to create the flights of fancy that are theater at its best.