Ten years older

In 2000, Eclipse Theatre Company chose Lillian Hellman as our featured playwright. We explored the roots of the Hubbard family in Another Part of the Forest, Hellman’s political voice in Watch on the Rhine, and her adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s The Lark.

The Autumn Garden was, of course, on the short list of plays under consideration that season. It was a script that many of us felt a strong connection to, and one that I felt a strong itch to direct. But I knew I wasn’t ready to tell the stories of mature relationships and self-reflection that Hellman weaves together in this beautiful play. I wasn’t the only one: I remember a few ensemble members saying that it would be a great choice – if only we were ten years older.

And now here we are, almost ten years later, with the opportunity to continue our journey with Lillian Hellman. We’re all a little older, a little more mature, and a little more ready to tell this story.

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