Bronzeville co-author Aaron Woolfolk

...the direction and the use of the space was fantastic," "incredible," and "masterfully executed."

Hello All,

Aaron Woolfolk here. Greetings from Japan. I hope you all are doing well. I'm sorry I missed the remainder of opening weekend, but of course I had to
fly over here on April 18th. But I wanted you all to know, first of all, how thrilled I was with opening night and how it went. As I mentioned to Ben and Tim, I was so incredibly
impressed with how ALL of you -- fine actors all along -- have grown and settled into your roles. It's like I told Jeff after the opening night all seem to have taken the Robert-Deniro-as-stage-actor route,
in which you developed the characters and tried new things throughout the rehearsal and preview process, until you had it just right by opening night.

And, of course, I know you all will continue to evolve and find new depths to your characters over the course of the run -- isn't stage acting wonderful
that way? -- and that is something I really look forward to seeing.

I want to share with all of you some of the feedback I have been getting from friends and colleagues who have seen the play (SOME...there's a lot more great comments where these came from):

Several people have emailed me to say that not only did they love the play, but that they thought everything about it was spot on...every performance, every beat, etc.

One friend of mind said everything about the play is "tremendous," And he was so impressed that he will attend it again and bring his mother...on Mother's Day!

I've had people tell me that the direction and the use of the space was fantastic," "incredible," and "masterfully executed."

Several Japanese friends of mine (Japanese, not Japanese-American) have emailed me to say how much they loved the play, and how they appreciated what you all did with the play's Japanese elements. Everyone singled out the final scene
and how you all played it. Most of them told me that they had tears in their eyes. (Believe me, coming from folks who are so used to seeing their culture misunderstood and mangled in a pan-Asian blender here in the U.S., this is a
HUGE compliment.) A couple of them who have a lot of influence in the Southern California Japanese community say they will actively get the word out about the play.

One friend of mine, who attends a lot of L.A. theater, wrote to me, "Every aspect of the performance was tight and the set design has to be the most extraordinary thing I've seen in a smaller theater."

Many people singled out the fight scene as being of particular note. The direction, the choreography, the humor, how you all made it believable...folks really enjoyed it. One friend wrote to me, "I also loved the very stylish
use of slow motion for the bar fight scene. It set a great tone that let the audience get in a few laughs but didn't betray the gravity of the events being portrayed."

I've gotten several variations of people saying how incredible a feeling it was to be in the audience and not only experience the play for themselves, but to also feel how the people next to them were responding to it.

Lastly, I had one friend who brought her in-laws -- a conservative white Republican couple visiting L.A. from rural Mississippi. My friend is a left-leaning artist who always stops at nothing to try to expose her in-laws to
new things whenever she sees them, which is why she brought them to the play. However, she was unsure how they would react to "Bronzeville." Well, she wrote to me that she was absolutely floored by their reaction (this coming
from her knowing them for years and how they usually respond to such things). They loved the play, and in the car ride after the show they couldn't stop raving about it and raving about the performances. She said they couldn't
stop talking about how much they felt for and identified with the characters, and how pleased they were to learn something that they would otherwise have never known.

"Bronzeville" family, from the feedback I have been getting, this is a play that is hitting a chord with people. These comments I've relayed to you (and again, it is just a sampling) represent every race, several generations, every social class, a variety of faiths, etc. Across the board this
play is resonating with people. You should all be proud of that. Now, maybe I'm making too much of all this because this is my first play and I'm not used to it. But I really feel we're all involved in something special and unique.

Anyway, I don't want to ramble on. But I just wanted you all to know that people are loving this play, and they are talking about it to others. You all are causing quite the stir among a lot of folks. Keep up the beautiful work.

Take care!