Director’s Note: Girl in the Goldfish Bowl

Nov 17, 2005

home a stranger that she finds on a beach and discovers that he is her reincarnated goldfish that has returned to help save her family from breaking up”.
That is a deceptively simple take on the play.
GIRL IN THE GOLDFISH BOWL deals with the two spectrums of loss and hope and in that range is our human condition. Morris Panych has beautifully recreated for us that depth of sadness that occurs when we discover our last moment of childhood and our first moment of adulthood.
I remember my own moment of growing up and it really is that moment when you can never go back and that you lose the playful magic of being a child.
The play is from the point of view of a ten year old girl (Iris) as it zips from realism to surrealism to absurdism to magical realism all while trying to come to terms with the loss of youth, loss of family, and the loss of innocence.
The play has had a magical effect on all of us as we have worked on it, reeling you into its world of childhood memory, the fun, the magic, and the striving to become an adult swiftly followed by the sadness of when it is lost.