On Dealing with Loss and Longing
You can’t have lived very long before you start getting tested by life and introduced to the concepts of loss and longing. In part, it’s what life is about, what gives life meaning. To a child, loss is often introduced tenderly through the death of a distant grandparent or elderly pet, or the disappearance of a friend whose family moved away. Shortly after that you begin to develop a sense of longing, the longing for someone now gone, or for something you once held close, or never had or never will have. Then as you grow older, life likely gets harsher, sometimes much harsher. My play Trio with Flute is about these unavoidable realities of life. It is about a developmentally disabled adult who is frustrated by feelings he cannot fully understand and the lack of relationships that are not to be. It is about a concert flutist who escapes the horrors of war and the betrayal of a childhood friend only to face the knowledge of her parent’s fate. And finally it is about the emotional toll on the wife of a soldier long missing-in-action as she endures the endless years of waiting for closure as hope wanes. As this trio of very different souls come together, they initially conflict and challenge each other, but ultimately find ways to confide and discover the common ground that allows them to finally deal with their unique challenges and move forward with their lives. In productions, Trio with Flute has received wide-spread critical and popular acclaim and is now available at www.indietheaternow.com. Please give it a read and let me know what you think.
- Richard Warren, Playwright