Memory Lane

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!)

Clock-wise from left: Daniel Levitt, Chris Cancel Pomales, Rachel Kodweis, Jon Froehlich, Wei-Yi Lin, Vincent Torres, Eddie Jackson, Jon again, Emily again (with ATD&R ensemble), Wei-Yi again, Blythe de Oliviera Foster, Jon again, Eddie again, Rachel again, Kelsey Rispin, Larissa Jeanniton, Casey Robinson (with ATD&R ensemble), and Emily again, being supported by Rachel, Camber Donahoe, and other ensemble. Plus so many more, not featured!

Clock-wise from left: Daniel Levitt, Chris Cancel Pomales, Rachel Kodweis, Jon Froehlich, Wei-Yi Lin, Vincent Torres, Eddie Jackson, Jon again, Emily again (with ATD&R ensemble), Wei-Yi again, Blythe de Oliviera Foster, Jon again, Eddie again, Rachel again, Kelsey Rispin, Larissa Jeanniton, Casey Robinson (with ATD&R ensemble), and Emily again, being supported by Rachel, Camber Donahoe, and other ensemble. Plus so many more, not featured!

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)