by Richard Harris
Nov. 27 - Dec. 19, 1992
Directed by Doug Bentin
I am the kind of person who writes down quotations which catch my attention
and several of these I keep above my desk where I can see them. On one of those
really lousy days when the universe is having its usual brutal way with my,
there is one i may read a dozen times. Harlan Ellison said it: "I find
myself shrugging and saying (inwardly), well, hell, we've had our shot, now let
the cockroaches take a whack at it."
But something always comes
along to snap me out of it. The script of STEPPING OUT was one of those things,
not because the play is about beautiful people who know how to win in every
situation, but because it is an honest portrait of everyday people like me who
know how to try - and when they've tried their hardest, how to accept the best
they can do as real success.
That's what STEPPING OUT is
all about, the fact that sometimes - and perhaps more often than you suspect -
you can be the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong
colleagues all trying to accomplish something entirely out of your range - and
just for a fleeting moment, find glory in the coming together to try.
It's like when that
impossible dream puts a chip of wood on its shoulder and says, "You think
you can knock it off? Just try."
And you do.
- Doug Bentin,