Director’s Note: Marion Bridge

Nov 16, 2004

It is our memories of our families, and of the events of our past, that mould our lives and shape the way we live.
As I write this note, I am acutely aware that the act of writing it will become a memory for me, and the act of reading it will become a memory for you. And your experience of tonight’s play will become a memory, too. When you leave the theatre, what parts will you remember? Some lines? Some shared feelings?
I challenge you to ask your friends, family or those with whom you have come, to share with you what they remember from tonight’s play. If you really listen to each other, you might be surprised to find out that what you each recall, although the same event, was not the same experience.
It is the sharing of our different memories that helps us to create a shared experience. We need our friends and family, our children and parents, our peers and companions, to help us complete our memories. We need them to see our past more clearly, to see the truth more fully, and to see more than we are capable of seeing alone.
We share our stories and our memories with each other to help us form them more completely. And to feel that we are alone, that we are not strange, but that we are all connected through our ability to share our experiences, and remember things together.
Life is memory.
I dedicate this production to all of the mothers out there.