This holiday season, we asked F. Murray Abraham to write a letter to Atlantic audiences about what he felt made our company special. Here’s what he had to say …
My fellow theater-goer,
I’d like to say it right up front, let’s get it said like honest folk: We could use some money.
The main reason for my bluntness is that I cannot hide my feelings; I am THE WORST POKER PLAYER YOU EVER SAW. My method for playing poker is to walk up to the table, put all my money down and say “good night fellas,” then go to the theater. Because that’s a gamble I can understand. It can deliver what no other venue can: the artist in the very act of creation.
Nothing else reaches us where a great performance of a play does. The primitive in us responds in a deeply profound way to a bunch of other human beings walking around up there talking to each other about things that touch us in deeply personal ways. Ways that shock us with their understanding of our most secret places, our lies we thought we had buried, and our happiness that we had forgotten. The theater invites the audience to join with the artists in a search for the truth right now, a search that reminds us of our common humanity – right now.
I don’t know where else this can happen. Certainly not in the news or the mouths of politicians, or even in religious leaders. They all seem to have agendas, other than simply finding the truth. Because it’s so damn hard.
But I believe it exists. You just have to have the courage to look for it. And that’s why I believe in the Atlantic Theater Company. Over the past several years when I have performed there, I found pieces of the truth in the vibrant, healthy laughter, as well as in the agony I’ve shared with audiences. There ain’t many places like the Atlantic.
F. Murray Abraham
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