Life Is A Cabaret – Leah Franqui

Mon, 06/04/2012

Put down the knitting, the book and the broom, it's party time!

In the past year we've dealt with Aliens, broken bones, the slaughter of poultry and handless guys. I think we've earned ourselves a party. 

It's been a great year for us here, and for me personally. I'm so happy that I have been able to work for this amazing company at a time of growth and change. And I'm glad that my final event here at Theatre Exile is a party, because I think that's something that we do well. In all seriousness, there is an art to throwing a great party, and the people associated with this company have a knack for making other people, strangers and friends alike, feel at home. That's what we pride ourselves on here at Exile, and we could not be more excited to spend one more night with you as the final event of our season. 

Life in the theater is never easy. It contains challenges of time and space, funding and personalities, the logistics of reality versus the ambitious dreams of artists. These are hard times for theater companies, with foundations and donors faltering in the face of economic difficulties, and audiences choosing to spend their dwindling paychecks on rent and food, not tickets to shows. But for those of us who still believe art matters, that it can change lives and start revolutions and force us to see ourselves as we really are, and as we someday could be, this is an exciting time. But we can't move forward without you, and the Cabaret is the time and place to show us that you need us as much as we need you. Theater demands an audience, and we couldn't ask for a better one then you. 

So this Thursday as we celebrate the season with wine and laughter, prizes and performances, we will also be celebrating you, the wonderful people who've made it possible. You make our work possible. And that's really something to celebrate.

-Leah Franqui