Assistant Sound Design
Understudy for Samantha: Sara Painter
Understudies never substitute for listed players unless a specific announcement is made prior to the performance.
was originally produced bythe Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY
in July 2004
started writing Indoor/Outdoor in the fall of 2002. I had the idea to
write a play about my cat (or rather several of the cats I've known in
my life) for almost a year before this. Every time I thought about
writing the play, I would cringe and avoid it. I thought a play about a
cat was a very very very bad idea. But the story kept coming back to
me. I decided that maybe I should try to write a ten minute play based
on the idea --- get it out of the way and get to my "important" play.
I always knew how the play would end. So I started to write towards that image. Soon I found the play expanding far past the initially-allotted ten pages. I realized I wasn't really writing about my cats at all but that I was writing about my own relationship with my partner and how challenging, thrilling, and surprising that was to me. And so I kept going deeper and deeper.
As the play took shape and developed, through the help of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, the earnestness of the story and the heart of the characters took more and more precedence. I like to think of the play in primary colors. Not just the set and costumes but the characters and their emotional lives. There is very little subtext --- there is very little gray --- characters say what they feel or can't say what they feel but are still transparent in it. They are completely earnest, they don't comment, they are pure.
There used to be a line in the play that said "Maybe unconditional love is the scariest love of all because how do we know if we really deserve it?" We struggle so much in our lives with our own self worth. How much we value ourselves almost always depends on how much someone else values us. And that value almost always comes with conditions. Indoor/Outdoor for me is about letting go of what the outside world says is right or wrong or how much it’s worth and allowing yourself to trust that you do deserve to love and be loved.
And that, perhaps, in this cynical and fast paced world, the cliches are all true: Love truly conquers all, Love can move mountains, All you need is love....
-- Kenny Finkle
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