Monday, June 12, 2006

With humble gratitude and exhuberant joy . . .

Dear Cincinnati Fringe Festival,
Last year at this time I wrote a love letter to the Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2005. A love letter is barely sufficient this year, but I must express my sincere gratitude. The Fringe this year was a humbling, surprising, creative cauldron, and I never expected to strike such chords with two such divergent shows, (UN)Natural Disaster and The Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Your Virginity. I just never guessed. Ever. I'm still a bit stunned. I'm just doing what I always do, and to be noticed by audience, critics, and the Fringe Producers, well I'm not jaded, and I can honestly say it matters. The recognition means alot to me, and to the actors I have the honor to work with, and I'm so thankful. Thank you.
The Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2006 was a vital life force in Cincinnati this year. It was important. It mattered. Thank you to Jason, Gina, Embrya, Stephanie, Gabe, Jay, Jeff, Elizabth, Sean, Doug, Elizabeth, and Jay for injecting life blood into artists and audiences alike. Thank you to volunteers and audiences, who were a joy to meet and work with every night. Thank you to the generous sponsors. And thank you to the exceptional artists in Cincinnati who inspire me and touch me and dare to share. I am raw and spent and almost speechless after the Fringe experience this year.
It can be difficult to be a theatre artist in Cincinnati. It can also be the best thing in the world. The Cincinnati Fringe Festival allowed and invited this theatre artist to join and to play, and today, for me, it is the best thing in the world. I am inspired. Thank you Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2006.
-Richard Hess
Director, (UN)Natural Disaster and The Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Your Virginity. 


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