This email arrived in our inboxes from the producers of the first Canadian production:
Dear John and Mark,
Well, we got The Fabulous Lipitones open last night and we’re just delighted with the response!!
And you were right about the Sikh Community. They are very keen and supportive of the play. And helpful. I’ll give but one example. In our ignorance, we got the wrong kind of material for turban cloth. The right kind is not available in our town. In the evening we put out e-mails to anyone who could lend us material and by morning we had more than we could use. We have a fellow who has volunteered to come to the theatre before every performance to tie Bob’s turban. When Anne has offered him tickets for the show he’s been politely evasive. It’s pretty clear he has zero interest in seeing a theatre production, but does want to support our efforts to properly represent his traditions. When he came just before the half hour for yesterday’s Opening Night, I think he sensed a buzz and Anne suggested he stay. He said he could only stay for a short while so Anne gave him a seat closest to the exit. I expect you can guess what happened. He got hooked. He stayed to the end and we have a hunch he will return with his family. Of course this again speaks volumes about your script. We receive an especially nice e-mail from a supporter who does a lot of work for us. She spoke of how much everyone enjoyed the show and then ended with, “Have to admit I had tears in my eyes…”
So we are off to a happy start of our run. And a special thank you to you, and your partner Mark, for what you have created for so many to enjoy and learn from!
All the best,
Ted and Anne
Artistic and Managing Directors, The Miracle Theatre
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