A Message from the Artistic Director
This season marks the beginning of my second decade at the
Festival. That fact is both startling to me and very gratifying
-- startling, because time has flown by at terrifying speed;
gratifying, for much has been accomplished in that time and
the groundwork has been laid for an even more exciting second
Often in the last ten years, I have used my program notes
as an opportunity to try and define the scope, the worth and
the necessity of classic drama. It is a vital part of one
of our most precious commodities -- the history of mankind's
inner life. The great plays that we call "classics" preserve
not so much our deeds as a civilization, but our shared emotional
experience. They are the stories that reveal the character
and the yearnings of our hearts, souls and minds. These plays
contain our myths, our philosophies, our changing mores and
our internal struggles to discover the meaning of our existence.
They commemorate not only how humanity has lived, but also
why and for what causes.
Next year, the Festival turns 40 -- a microscopic mote in
the vast sands of history. Yet in those 40 years, thousands
will have explored worlds and souls that survive on and on
even as the winds of time and the travails of mankind swirl
Welcome to the 2001 Season, and six new voyages filled with
"Words, Life and All!"