March 13th, 2021
Spring is here, hope is in the air and "Sherlock's Secret Life" is ready for a remount later this summer.
I shared a walk yesterday with my husband and some friends… feathered and otherwise. It was definitely a day for boots on the ground at the Morton Wildlife Refuge here on Long Island’s East End, with the winter-to-spring transition not quite complete. But the sun was warm and welcoming as were the birds who call this refuge home. Walking the wooded paths of this natural “Open Air Theater” my thoughts drifted to the place that I call my refuge. An indoor theater complete with stage and actors and seats filled to capacity with an eager audience. “Will live theater in the Hamptons return?” I wondered. And as the hungry Chickadees and Nuthatches and Tufted Titmice landed one by one on my outstretched hand, helping themselves to the nuts and seeds, I knew I had my answer. There’s nothing like the touch of those tiny wiry feet on your skin. It’s an awakening … a visceral jolt through your body and soul. Strange, but I always feel hope when I feel that connection.
As I write this Spring is just days away. Talk about hope. Try googling “quotes about Spring” — countless writers, artists, musicians, actors, playwrights spanning hundreds of years all celebrating what Spring represents to them. And it’s almost unanimous. Spring = Hope. Hope for warmer weather, hope for more sun, growth, good health, new beginnings.
A year ago this March we had that new beginning. We opened our third boots on the ground theater® production “Sherlock’s Secret Life” at the Southampton Cultural Center to rave reviews and sold out crowds. Only to close after one weekend of shows. Yes hope was dashed for our little theater troop in the Hamptons. Nothing compared to what others have experienced this past year, but we too felt the impact of the pandemic.
So here we are. Another year. Another Spring. Another chance. And we will hold on tightly to hope for this new season and new year. For one and all. With that in mind, live theater in the Hamptons is back and botgt has new dates for our return: Sept 17-Oct 10.
Welcome 2021! Welcome Spring! The game’s afoot… again.
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Bonnie Grice is a producer, actor, and great lover of the arts which developed over the course of her decades-long career in broadcasting, interviewing artists of all kinds. She founded boots on the ground theater® in 2016.