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DIRECTOR'S NOTE

by Peter Flood


'MOOSE ON THE LOOSE' is about change . . . personal, cultural and generational change. More specifically, it is about the courage to change and what change other than death requires more courage than leaving 'home' to immigrate to another country, language and culture?

There are two approaches to this subject. Fortunately for us . . . you, me, the cast and crew, Theatre West . . . Dina Morrone has chosen humor over melodrama. So her 'Moose' falls into the category of idiosyncratic (character-driven) humanist comedy - how can it be anything else with a title like 'Moose on the Loose' - alongside George S. Kaufman ('You Can't Take it With You') and the films of Sicilian born Frank Capra where behavior is the story and every character is given time to be seen, heard and remembered. Whether they stand at the center or the edge of the narrative action, each is important. What they say and how they say it affects all of us.

One last thought . . . humanist comedy generally retains a qualified optimism on the subject of human behavior without believing all people can live up to "the better angels of our nature" (as Abraham Lincoln once said) without help.

NOTE ON LANGUAGE

In this play . . . Dina Morrone uses carefully observed broken English in order to differentiate the generational layers within the family and to address the courage it takes to live in a language culture that is not your own.

NOTE ON MOOSE

In case you don't already know . . . an adult moose can stand seven feet high at the shoulder and weigh close to a ton with a six foot antler span. The word comes from the Algonquin language (moosu) meaning "he strips off" and moose are herbivores capable of consuming 9770 calories per day to maintain body weight. They are excellent swimmers and are not usually aggressive towards humans, but can be provoked or frightened into attacking.

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