NIAGARA FALLS BY STEVEN YOCKEY
UGA THEATRE OCTOBER 2019
AURORA THEATRE NOVEMBER 2019
That moment when you make any sort of commitment---whether it be to a job, a person, a value system—brings with it all the joy and passion... but naturally also brings doubt and fear. Questions flit through our minds---“Am I making the right choice?” “Are they the ONE?” “Is there an escape clause?” “OMG who IS this person?” “Are there really no do-overs?”
Recent studies in neuroscience and business management have shown that people who take the time to explore alternative choices to the ones that are put on the table are more apt to make choices that result in success. So when you’re considering which road to take, it’s always better to consider as many options as possible and imagine the possible results of each path.
Steve Yockey’s characters allow us to recognize our own relationships and neuroses while they frantically search for a meaningful way to approach making life’s choices. His play suggests there is often a fine and deceptive line between reality and our earnestly romanticized version of it. Memory and Energy seem to defy Time and, as a result, his characters are in a constant state of joyous flux, and ultimately, discovery.
Every day. So many choices. So much fun! So much dread. Ultimately, this show celebrates the joy of choices and following the paths where they lead you. In today’s unsteady and fractured world, sometimes we need to feel that the choices we make will have meaning and resonance. We want that ripple-in-the-water-butterfly-effect-thing to help calm our chaotic minds. But first…sigh…. we have to make the choice to jump in the water and make those ripples.
Welcome to Niagara Falls. You willing to take the plunge?