Woodstock Arts is performing beloved musical “Company” starting this weekend, inviting audiences to consider the relationships in their lives.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, “Company” follows bachelor Robert and his married friends.
On the night of his 35th birthday, Robert contemplates his unmarried state. The story follows Robert through a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding.
“There is a recent Harvard University study that found a strong correlation between deep relationships and well-being,” said Director Lauren Morris. “Turns out that the secret to happiness is actually…each other! For me, that’s what the meaning of ‘Company’ is too. There’s no such thing as a perfect person, a perfect marriage, a perfect relationship...Being truly known and seen by someone else isn’t something to be taken lightly. The deep relationships we have in our lives--whether they are in a marriage or in a friendship--require us to accept that we are worth knowing. That our own particular darkness or faults or idiosyncrasies are not beyond redemption. The risk of being loved for who we are in our entirety is maybe even bigger than the risk of loving someone else. “
Asked what she hopes audiences leave with, Morris said: “Ultimately, this is about the existential question of who and what matters in your life. Who are your people? Because I don’t think we can do this without them. We need each other.”
“Company” is on stage at the Woodstock Arts Theatre, 8534 Main St. in downtown Woodstock March 10- 26. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. It is recommended for ages 13 and older for adult themes. Tickets are on sale for $18 — $20 online and $20 — $23 at the door.
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