This play, “All in the Timing” holds a special place in my heart, as I was in the “Variations on the Death of Leon Trotsky” when I was in 10th grade. That year, my best friend, Tracy, played Kafka in “Words, Words, Words”. I remember this being one of my favorite plays that I ever participated in during my time in high school.
Life can change in a Moment
However, this play holds more sentimental value, for during our first year in college, Tracy passed away unexpectedly. Losing someone so young, when we were all so young ourselves, was a moment that changed everyone from my high school Theatre class. A few years later we performed “All in the Timing” again in tribute to Tracy in order to raise money for a scholarship in her name. I believe this shows the importance and power that high school Theatre has for young people, and that the friendships and memories we make when we are young are very important.
I believe that every play has a heart that we all can connect to, no matter the subject matter at hand. For me, the heart of this play comes from “Philp Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” – the ensemble says, “Time is a moment, sir”. We all have moments daily, good and bad, which impact us in various ways. Sometimes we don’t know just how much until later in time. Are lives really more than a collection of moments?
August 21 of the year….
This idea informed my design concept for our production. On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky was killed by a mountain climber’s axe. On August 21, 2017, we in the United States witnessed a solar
eclipse. Both of these moments left ripples in time. So, what if every vignette in this play took place on that same day, August 21, in another moment in time? From there, the characters informed their time period – “Words, Words, Words” in the 50’s, “The Universal Language” in the 60’s, Philip Glass in the 70’s, “Sure Thing” in the 80’s, and “The Philadelphia” in the 90’s.
I truly hope that you will join us for “All in the Timing” on October 26-28 at 7pm, or on October 29 at 2pm, in the Lake Highlands Freshman Center Auditorium for a moment of laughter and reflection. Our students are working incredibly hard to make this show one that you will never forget!