Gates In And Out: a play about the journey of transformation
"Gates In and Out" describes the journey each of us takes when we attempt a change. The play's author, Lola Wilcox learned directly about the Hero/ine's Journey from Joseph Campbell. "This story is the template for every story," she says. George Lucas used the model for StarWars, where we see Luke Skywalker transform from farmer to fighter pilot hero. In "Gates In and Out" it is EverySoul who takes the journey. The necessary steps for transformation are that EverySoul must leave "Home", the place where they are now, where they are either too satisfied or dissatisfied. The individual has heard a "Call" to a different way of being. Once committed to make the change, EverySoul goes through the "Gate In" to an underworld realm called the "Tenemos". The journey along the "Road of Trials" includes many adventures, like the dangerous "Nigredo" point, until reaching the "Gate Out". Only then can the transformed EverySoul "Return" to "Home". The audience is called upon to encourage EverySoul at several points along the way. The play is entertaining, often amusing, and effortlessly teaches us about our own transformation process.
The play is about the transformation journey that people take when embarking on a major change in their lives. Because the transformation journey is a circle, the production is done in the round. The stage is almost bare. Director Charles Wilcox says "The audience relies more on their imaginations, which is exactly what we want to have happen." The actors dance with a dragon, climb a glass mountain, sail the seven seas, all through description, the actors' abilities, and the audience member's minds. The audience also is involved in the play by taking bit parts, including the two Gates In and Out, and by answering questions the characters ask. The questions are intriguing; the responses more so. "Three elements shape the experience," says director Chuck Wilcox. "The text, the actors' skills and the audience's imagination. Those three in relationship are what creates the journey".
Just Off Broadway Theatre (View)
3051 Penn Valley Drive
Kansas City, MO 64108
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