I'm writing this from Paris, and right now all of my compatriots in Boston Public Works probably are still tossing and turning in their sleep. Hours ago I woke and read the email that passed back and forth last night regarding our upcoming production of Jess Foster's Hard and Fast: a love story, and gave my one or two line responses. I'm beginning to hate email as much as I do the telephone for how they both strip so much from communication and demand so much of our time, but they do have their advantages. The production is in very good hands with producer, Steve Lozier, we got a nice piece of promotion courtesy of the North Shore Music Theater, and we'll be meeting the next evening after I return to Boston.
The aftershocks of the dissolution of Huntington/BU partnership are rippling on my Facebook feed, still not as much as sports and politics and cute pictures of baby animals, but still enough to draw attention to itself. The upshot is, no one knows what it means. I have my opinion and thoughts, as I'm sure most do, but for now I'll choose to keep them to myself; it's way too early to share them, and if you don't think so, let me point you to the opening line of this post.
The artists who came to live and work in this city fought and argued and drank, they schemed and gossiped and dreamed and so much of the time were disillusioned and despondent, but in the end, the thing that got them through was simply focusing on their art, whether it was painting or literature or sculpture, music or maybe even politics, and some became famous and others not so much so, even though, perhaps, some others should have. The sun is rising right now on Boston. I can tell you right now it's going to be a beautiful day.
John Greiner-Ferris is a co-founder of Boston Public Works Theater Company.