Director's Notes

"It's an intimate epic which challenges the resources of a tight ensemble of actors," says Director Jeff Adler. "The play cleverly uses that cheery upper Midwest speech that blends a generous spunk with unself-conscious understatement. Like all of us, these are people searching for a destination that includes love, respect, dignity and connection as they stumble along the unmarked and bumpy road of life. Hopefully audiences will be amused and heartened as they identify with the characters' individual journeys of renewal."

There is a long history of "road trips" in the American literary landscape - Huck Finn, Look Homeward Angel and On The Road to name a few. But as anyone who has traveled with friends knows, the journey is much more than going to a particular destination. It is also about the journey that takes us to an unexpected place within ourselves that we never planned to visit. So it is also with Quincy Long's The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite. This play does take us somewhere, though that place is not at all what we expected. More than that, Quincy Long invites us to travel a fascinating route that is really a journey through the lives of the characters who each seek their own destination. Like all of us, these are people traveling the bumpy road of life searching for love, respect, dignity and connection.

Quincy Long is a great poet of the inarticulate. His writing transforms everyday speech and rhythms into theatrical poetry. He cleverly uses that cheery upper Midwest speech that blends a generous spunk with unselfconscious understatement. The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite is an intimate epic which challenges the resources of a tight ensemble of actors. Quincy Long has written into this play all those elements that give live theatre its freshness and spontaneity. So, I invite you to be swept along with us on this journey and to enjoy the ride!


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