Why the theater is like Christmas all year round.

It doesn’t matter which holiday you celebrate . . . Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or even Festivus . . . they all have one thing in common.


For me, family is what holidays are all about.  It’s a time to gather with the people you are closest to in this world (whether that means you’re related or not), slowing down, and celebrating something extraordinary.

And it’s one of the reasons I’m in the theater.

The theater, unlike any other industry out there, has this crazy way of creating an incredible family every time you do a show.  If you’ve ever been in a show, from a high school production of Anything Goes to a Broadway production of, oh, I don’t know, Spring Awakening, you know what I’m talking about.  If you’ve ever produced a show, designed a show, invested in a show, ushered a show . . . you know what I’m talking about too.

I’m not sure why this familial bond happens, but it does.

Maybe it’s because the theater requires people to tell emotional stories, and being that vulnerable brings everyone closer together.  Maybe it’s because putting on a show is super hard work in a short amount of time, so everyone bustin’ their butts is united through sweat and effort.

Maybe it’s because . . .

Ahh, who cares why it happens?  I don’t really care why doughnuts taste so good.  They just do.  And I’m really good with that.

I wish you and your family the happiest of holiday seasons.

And thank you, to every single one of you reading these words, for being part of my family.


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