One of the wonderful things about theater is its ability to bring a group of people to experience a story and be transported to a different time and place together as a collective group. An audience breathes, laughs and cries together and we leave the theater touched by the lives and stories of others. In this time of social isolation, we crave that collective connection more than ever.
There’s a Tibetan saying: ‘Wherever you have friends that’s your country, and wherever you receive love, that’s your home.’” (Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
Through Open Book’s Art Buddies Program you will embark on a year long journey hopefully culminating in a wonderful new friendship and warm home. Each month we will send you and your Buddy questions, challenges and ideas for connecting and building on the shows and themes you see here at Open Book. For example, one month we may give you a few book recommendations with some discussion questions (such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon).
Open Book’s mission is to promote connection through theatrical storytelling. We believe that the connection doesn’t just start or end at the theater. As the restrictions start to lift and we all figure out what our “new normal” is, you will have a partner to help you navigate. While we cannot all come together as a large community, you will not be alone.
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Who: for all lovers of art, both young and old, looking to make some new friends in the community and sharing a love of art in all its many forms!
How: You will be paired up with another Open Book patron and the two of you will be given conversation starters once a month relating to the shows you see at the theater and ideas for ways to engage in our local community
Why: Theatrical storytelling inspires, teaches and challenges us. It helps us understand and empathize with other people, perspectives and cultures. Sharing creative experiences such as theatre engages us, provides opportunities for us to connect as an art-loving community, and, most importantly, is fun!
When: Fill out the form (link below) now, buddies will be paired by the end of June, and you’ll get your first month of questions, challenges and ideas for connecting in July!