When the 2014 opera season was announced, I was disappointed: there wasn’t a single performance I wanted to see. Part of that was a lingering feeling from last last season, which wasn’t that good either. Ever since then, I’ve been looking for a theatrical package. Groupon to the rescue!
I found a two-for-one deal for a theatre company I’ve always enjoyed. There were three plays to choose from, but two sung out my name.
I went to the first one yesterday afternoon: Maple and Vine.
When I first read the description, I knew I had to go:
Katha and Ryu have become allergic to their 21st century lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950s reenactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. In this compulsively authentic world, Katha and Ryu are surprised by what their new neighbors – and they themselves – are willing to sacrifice for happiness.
The overall theme of the play was the “now what?” question! The main characters are successful, but miserable. They are looking for meaning, and they decide to seek it in the simpler life provided by this 1950s community. It resonated so much in me. I was ready to move there as well!
With the catch line of “What would you sacrifice for happiness?”, it was fascinating watching these characters attempt to answer this question for themselves. Was leaving behind all modern technology and assuming very prescriptive lives going to be liberating?
There was a lot more depth to the story than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. It was the final of the preview performances, and the cast did a remarkable job. They were so believable. The rotating stage popped me back into reality from time to time, otherwise I was completely absorbed.
I left trying to figure out how I could find my own little world like that. I’ve been overwhelmed lately by life and the thought of being able to escape to a predefined role is incredibly appealing, although unrealistic.
What was the last play you attended? or What would you sacrifice for happiness?