I hope you were lucky enough to see his beautiful Living in Exile at the Actors’ Shakespeare Project just last month. It was a masterful retelling of The Iliad and profoundly moving in its understanding of the human condition. In fact, the first production I saw in Boston when I came here in 1987, not knowing anyone in the Theatre, was Jon’s Dreaming with an AIDS Patient, performed in the basement of a little church in Boston’s South End. I still carry images from that production in my head, and I remember being moved by its heart-wrenching compassion and its deceptively simple theatricality.
Most particularly, I am honored that both our companies, having such a strong connection to Jon, can produce Walking the Volcano here in Boston. These short plays were written for and appeared in our Boston Theater Marathons. (Can you guess which one was the first?) I know that these scenes were written as separate stories in themselves, but I can’t help but feel a connection with and between these characters; I think you’ll see it, too. These are intelligent, complex, ultimately forgiving people who are passionate about loving and living life to the fullest--just like Jon himself. And his work lives on.
Artistic Director, Boston Playwrights' Theatre