|strawberry or chocolate is not the only choice Raina has to make|
(Andy Frye, Jason Peterson, and Jessica Lind Peterson,
photo by Justin Cox)
|old married couple Cliff and Joy (Ryan Lear and|
Jessie Rae Rayle, photo by Justin Cox)
|sisters... (Jessi Rae Rayle and Jessica Lind Peterson,|
with Blake Thomas, photo by Justin Cox)
|Blake Thomas accompanies a pivotal Raina/Ryan scene|
(Jessica Lind and Jason Peterson, photo by Justin Cox)
|the cast of String (photo by Justin Cox)|
Towards the end of the play, Ryan woos Raina (this time successfully) by reciting a poem that he wrote for her, a poem that includes the phrase "yellow tree." In this art-imitates-life bit, Jessica borrowed that poem from one that Jason actually wrote for her early in their relationship, which inspired the name of the theater. And now, many years later, it's the name of the theater that they started together, that has grown to become one of the best in #TCTheater. Even though I missed out on their first two seasons, I'm thrilled to have gone on this theatrical journey with them and look forward to the next 10, 20, 40 years of seeing entertaining, challenging, diverse, inspirational, fun, great theater in Osseo!
String continues through October 15, and Season Ten continues with a remount of last year's "hilarious and heart-warming" original holiday comedy (also written by Jessica) A Gone Fishin' Christmas, the story of the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion in The Royale, and the world premiere of a new play Still Dance the Stars. It's a good time to visit Osseo. And order pizza, because you never know who might show up on your doorstep.
If I am not the right one, there has never been an ocean.
A yellow tree never grew where it grew.
The sun never exchanged places with the moon.
This article also appears on Broadway World Minneapolis.