A note from our executive director

This year, we will actually produce more non-Shakespeare than Shakespeare: Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, Paula Vogel’s Indecent, John Webster’s Duchess of Malfi, and our very own commissioned A Christmas Carol.  We are of course producing some wonderful Shakespeare as well, with Much Ado About Nothing  and A Winter’s Tale. While Shakespeare may not be our only playwright anymore, it is the spirit of his plays, stories, and staging practices that we carry into all of our shows that will keep us grounded in the tenets of performance you know us best for: strong acting, dynamic storytelling, and live music. All of this furthers our mission of fostering empathy. How? I’m so glad you asked.

Recently, I was listening to a talk by Brene Brown, author of the recent bestseller “Daring Greatly.” She was talking about two very important things: sharing our shame and being vulnerable. Both of these are more difficult and more important than they ever have been. She mentioned that sharing shame creates empathy if you know you can trust the person you are sharing with to admit they, too, have done things they aren’t proud of and that, in spite of your misstep, they will continue to see you as a person who does bad, but not who is bad. In plays, we see the worst and the best of people. Right in front of us, people lay all their faults and glories love, shame, doubt bare and invite us to forgive ourselves and accept one another.

–Dawn Tucker, Executive Director, Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival

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