Reprinted from the program for NOVEMBER by David Mamet, June 2010
My first encounter with Langhorne Players was way back in 1984 or 1985 (I think). I had auditioned for a role in a Woody Allen play called Don’t drink the Water. I didn’t know anything about it other than the fact that I enjoyed Woody’s humor. Well, a short time later I got a call from a long-time member named Mike Cooper asking if I would be interested in acting in a show he was directing just after the run of Don’t Drink the Water called The Rainmaker. Well, it’s nice being “wanted” so I said yes. I played the part of the “sensible brother Noah” and was introduced to the stage at Langhorne Players during that run.
Everybody was welcoming and encouraging and I fell in love with this place called Langhorne Players. Since then, I’ve been on the Langhorne stage approximately 17 or 18 times and had a wonderful time. Some of you may remember some of the well received plays in which I was involved like Assassins, The Odd Couple, Two Rooms, Patient A, Visiting Mr. Green and my all-time favorite Lebensraum. I will remember these experiences forever and know that we were able to bring some wonderful theater into the lives of those who were there in the audience.
But you know, an organization like this requires time and effort just to exist. And life experiences have taught me that you can’t always leave the work for others…you gotta jump in and help do it yourself. (Otherwise, there’s no organization and no stage on which to perform!) So, my wife Lois and I started to offer our services by helping out in the box office and ushering. We also help out with the bi-annual “Mill Clean-up” at the end of the season and again in the spring with the opening if the Mill as the new season is about to begin. A little more than two or three years ago I was asked if I would like to be on the Director Selection Committee (which I accepted) and then I was asked if I would be willing to serve on the board (which I now do).
As I look back on all the years of laughter, friendship, work and play I can tell you that I am glad that I agreed to participate … because what’s life all about? You can either sit on the sidelines and watch, or jump in and “get your hands dirty,” and I, for one, don’t just like watching others having all the fun.
I’m getting a little older now, and I’m getting tired a little more easily. So please, please, please come join our party. Get involved..otherwise this will just be another old, forgotten building and children will ask “what was in that place?” And that would be a damn shame!