Well, 2019 is here.
As a kid, I remember when even the year 2000 seemed like an impossible number — so imagine how utterly 2019 doesn’t compute (at least to my inner 12-year-old)! Though maybe that quizzical frame of mind as a child makes some sense of how, or why, I have ended up in a field dedicated to the transitory, to impermanence?
At any rate! I’ve spent the last several days preparing for the Cloud’s work this coming year; and part of that has included looking back. It’s one of my favorite things to do: to revisit old scripts, archival video, and especially old photos, to see how they strike me now. I still see some spots that make me go “ouch, I would love to go back and try that moment/scene again” — but those are fewer. Mostly now I see amazing feats of collaboration and striving, I see achievements that startle me at their complexity, facility, and expressive power — I find myself saying, “WOW. We did THAT! I want to do MORE of that!”
Here’s a collage of images we put together from our productions past: The Whistling Mortician, Europa, All That Dies & Rises, and Dark Eyes. (Plus one pic from a very lively reading we had a year and a half ago: throwing ourselves at Chekhov, Moliere, Ghelderode…never read sitting down!)
So, here’s to more! We’re looking forward to bringing you more of our signature work and play this year — announcements to come when the time is ripe.
Until then, welcome to this 2019; may it be a field of creativity, transformation, and becoming, at scale with our hopes and longings.
-Jon Froehlich (art. dir., CoF)