Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Message of Hope & Peace from Lisa Post & The New Victory

So, my New Vic kid just got into college—joy, excitement, relief—another milestone.   My son Will was one year old when I began working at The New Victory and we’ve come to shows here as a family—aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents included—since he was four.  You might think that, after seeing at least five New Victory shows per year for thirteen years, he’d be headed for a career in the theater, but—go figure—he’s thinking pre-med.

Celebrating his acceptance letter, we all came to see Circus Oz together last week, and just loved it—Will most of all.  While I’m pretty sure Will has liked most of the shows he’s seen at the New Victory over the years, his favorites were always the funny ones, and Circus Oz, as they say in Aussie, is “a right send-up.”

Anyway, amidst all the laughter and excitement, the college letter and our trip to the New Vic also got me thinking about next year.  With Will off to St. Louis, we might not get to see even one New Vic show together—unbelievable!  Also, there will be a lot less laundry, a smaller grocery bill, generally less drama, an empty place at our dinner table, and lots of other changes.  Some of these things made me happy (the laundry!) but most of them made me a little sad. 

Then, of course, last weekend happened, and whatever small sadness I’d felt was completely subsumed by the terrible news of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut—all those kids, all those families, all of that sadness.

Yes— I will have an empty place at my dinner table come September, but—wonderful— this year, we’re all together.  And, next year?  That empty place is what’s supposed to happen, and you know what?  It’s okay, there are so many other thing to look forward to.  How lucky for us that we have had the great good fortune of everything that has come before—seventeen years of together that was stolen from twenty-six families in Connecticut.

I’m going to make a great dinner this Christmas and spend a lot of time with my family, and I hope all of you are lucky enough to be doing a version of the same.  On behalf of everyone at the New Victory, I wish you and your family a happy, peaceful holiday, and lots of time together in 2013.

This blog was written by Lisa Lawer Post, Executive Vice President of The New 42nd Street.

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