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Because I kept being asked by other actors and directors to do stuff that didn’t have a home. There are many companies in the Triangle and no shortage of good theatre but when it comes down to it, there are only so many dollars to go around. In the end, if someone wants to do a show passionately but can’t get an established company to buy in to the idea, then you have no choice but to start a company of your own. And that is how Common Wealth came into being.
The debut show was going to be SCORCHED, which I read about on a visa renewal visit to Quebec City and suggested to Kevin Ewart. Kevin liked it enough to want to direct and asked if I could find a producing company. Impulse 1. At the same time Lucius Robinson was burning to do Equus and asked if I would play Dysart. Impulse 2. Meanwhile I had a selection of scripts burning a hole in my daydreams. Impulse 3. Add all that together and Common Wealth burst into being.
As if it was that easy or immediate, but this is as good a creation myth as any other. In reality many moons passed and other scripts have come to the fore. But that’s another story.
With hope (and luck and an audience) Common Wealth will survive long enough for this beta season to become renowned in myth as well.