Sunday, June 17, 2007
In Our Town when Emily Webb dies, she chooses to go back, just for one day to relive her life and say goodbye. When I got the opportunity to play Emily something like 5 years ago, I got so frustrated with myself when it came to her 'goodbye' monologue at the end. I always just felt like I couldn't quite get there.. I couldn't say or feel it quite right. It wasn't until about 2 weeks ago when I was asked to go back, for just one day, and do the piece again, that I realized why. This time, saying those words.. just felt real. I couldn't help but cry. Youth is interesting, and growing older is even more interesting. When I first fell in love with this play, I feel in love mostly with the love story between Emily and George. I thought I got the message at the end, but now that I am just a little older, now that I have actually had to live through a few things, held on to some things, let go of other things.. and have looked back and realized that I have taken things for granted, I understand the real genius of Wilder's play. I wont forget this night, ever.