Letter from the Writer-Director in the Original Production Program
(Copied from the Script)
“CROSSES TO BEAR”
By Marcinho Savant
"Esteemed Presenter, Noble Actor, Brave Director;
CROSSES TO BEAR is a work made partially out of a desire to say something common in a different way. The characters in this play are composites of everyday people and, what I hope to be, their accurate positions in a written format. Its genesis is born of frustration, fear and a need to spark positive dialogue toward achieving change.
I have completely invented the dramatis personae from flashes of memory, interviews, determined eagerness to serve the purpose, and a hopefulness that the words they speak will, indeed, enable us and empower us to rethink the imbroglio that faces us today. It has faced this country always.
The drive is the work is to promote an honest recounting of true perceptions of average people who may have unique views on the racism, ageism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny and duplicity of which we are all guilty.
In one way or the other “Crosses…” attempts to challenge the participants, both audience and actor, to reevaluate their positions or, at best, to consider the opposing argument. It is my most sincere hope to have achieved these nearly impossible and potentially stirring and eruptive goals in this work.
But no matter what the outcome, I believe that people will talk about “Crosses to Bear” ---with contempt or admiration. I don’t give a damn which, as long as people talk. This communication may be the key to optimal cohabitation on this planet we call home.
I commend the actor, director, artistic director and audience for having the courage to look at something ugly or uncomfortable. I commend them for allowing what the First Amendment asserts that we have the right to do. Just keep true to the position that “Crosses” does not attempt to lecture. Rather, it attempts to represent honestly, encourage deeply, challenge boldly and speak bravely those things that we tend to gloss over because of their unsightly essence.
January 9th, 1994"