war horse

On Wednesday, October 10th, four of us went into NYC to see the play WAR HORSE at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center. We had unbelievable seats — 3rd row from the stage left. I lost all sense of time, and often I struggled to hold back tears and audible sobs. I was totally immersed in the drama of Joey, the horse, and his years at war.  There are no words to describe the mastery of the equine puppets; incredibly phenomenal hardly pays tribute to the puppeteers who transformed the artificial horses into living and emotional animals.

Monty Roberts, author of the popular best seller THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES, served as a consultant and teacher to the cast and puppeteers. Roberts says that he really did not ” . . . refine their interpretation of the language of Equus.” He merely created an environment and they learned. Roberts recalls that in the course of working with these city kids, he “lost sight of who I was, where I was, and what I  was looking at. Joey, the lead horse, was coming to life! I could feel it long before I could believe it. The young people involved with WAR HORSE were successful in moving this old cowboy to an emotional state.”

I delayed my surgery to embrace this experience, and I am so glad I did. Being a long-time horse lover and equestrienne, the experience evoked many old memories and feelings of being astride on my beloved Lark.

The photo above is a close up I took of one of the theater posters outside Lincoln Center.

In two days I will have my surgery. But for one wonderful day in NYC with friends, I did not even think about it.

. . . and so it is

6 thoughts on “war horse

  1. Your writing brought tears to my eyes. I’m so happy you made that time to see War Horse and it was so special for you.
    You will be on our minds this week. I wish you an easy procedure and quick recovery. We are pulling for you to be, in the doctor’s words, “fine”.
    Love and hugs, Hillary with Steve

  2. Diana says:

    You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers this week. I will be anxious to read your next post which will declare that all went well and no other treatment is needed!!!

  3. Fran says:

    I’m thrilled that you went to see the show!!! We all were so touched by it when we went with the girls. I knew you would love it too! Know that our thoughts & prayers with you.

  4. Margot says:

    So glad that you had the experience of seeing War Horse!

    Please know that many are thinking of you and praying for a quick and positive recovery!
    All the best! Margot

  5. Malou Walther says:

    Horses – with their patience and elegance – even the puppet like variety, are a great inspiration for your surgery day. You can have wonderful dreams of riding Lark while the doctor gets rid of the damn tumor. Good luck Debbie. I’ll be thinking of you all day.

    Love, Malou

  6. Loretta Shatt says:

    You are so in my thoughts, and I am anxious to hear how all went for you. Everyone here in Kentucky sends you their very best. Love you,
    Loret

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