Thursday, January 6, 2011
After our deadline, Molly McKasson (an occasional Weekly contributor), who has long been involved with Invisible Theatre, got in touch with Sherilyn Forrester regarding this week's article on IT's 40th anniversary year.
Since we were unable to include her thoughts in the published piece, we thought we'd include them here on The Range:
This little theater had such a big positive influence on so many of us. I had moved back home to work at ATC (then ACT), but (husband) Morgan and I wanted a family, and I didn't know how I was going to manage being a full-time professional actress anymore.
The IT was a place for passionate artists who also wanted to have family lives, and/or also needed to have other jobs. It was community of folks, all different, bonded by a belief that theater was a transforming activity for both performers and audience members. I don't know if we thought we could change the world, but I remember believing we could make a dent, at least. Anything was possible, really.
And that's exactly what happened. I began doing comedy improv with Suz (Claassen) and then fell into writing plays—-something I had done as a kid and always loved—and then singing country music with Beck (Rebecca Peters). I am grateful to the IT for friendships that have lasted and grown rich over the years. Because of the IT (and in particular, Suz), I felt encouraged to keep writing plays, I felt inspired to keep acting.
IT is now a Tucson institution of long-standing creativity, and I trust that in the next decade and beyond, it will continue to grow, and change and nurture the creative spirit in us all. I salute all those who make the IT possible, and look forward to my next gig with this powerful local generator of originality.