Why Parenthesis?

A parenthesis delineates a space that is set aside. What we collect within that space belongs together. All that is gathered there is connected.

When we come to the theater, we set ourselves aside from the outside world.  For the length of a play, we share the same space — actors and audience — and we know that we belong there together.  We are connected.

Parenthesis strives to support and honor this fundamental experience of theater. We enjoy the electric hum of people gathered together, and seek to produce plays that collect and connect us. We embrace the dark and light of being human, we love language and beauty, and we believe narrative is how we make sense of ourselves and our world.

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph
And death i think is no parenthesis

— e.e. cummings