In the hustle and bustle of daily life it’s easy to forget the things that truly matter. O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi is an old story but an everlasting and refreshing one. It’s only a few pages long but the message is strong and clear:
And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest.
— The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
The greatest gift we can give to each other is the gift of ourselves. To sacrifice what is dear and special to us for the happiness of another holds more meaning and value than anything money can buy.
We live in a cynical age, where people are quick to tear down old beliefs and lambast tradition. Things evolve quickly and progress can easily wipe away old cultures. I believe O. Henry saw this too in the early 1900s as he sat down to write his famous tale. And while I’m an advocate for change, I also see clearly the importance of holding onto beliefs that highlight the beauty in humanity.
Christmas is an ever-changing holiday. A lot of what has made it special has sadly faded away over time. It is now, unfortunately, associated with notions of materialism and commercialism, which were never its original intent. Christmas is a time for reflection. A time to put the needs of others before our own. A time to give the gift of ourselves.
These thoughts were the inspiration for choosing The Gift of the Magi as Nagoya Players’ 2019 winter production. We wanted to capture all these ideas and feelings through a dynamic stage performance.
The characters of JIM and DELLA are our vehicles to deliver this message. Show Photographer Geof Griggs captured the magic between these two timeless characters. Pictures speak a thousand words, and these photographs tell the story well. This is just a taste of what we have planned for the stage this December. To get more of that loving feeling please join us for the performance on Dec. 7-8 at Higashi Playhouse.
Special thanks to Mami Ito Delaney for being an awesome production assistant on a drizzly, cloudy day. She’s also the brilliant graphic designer for our amazing show flyer. And praises to Valeriya Takazato for the awesome make-up job. You’ll get to see more of Valeriya on stage as our vixen cabaret dancer SADDIE. She’s a graceful and vivacious performer, don’t miss it!
And one more special thanks to Handa Red Brick Building (半田赤レンガ建物) for allowing us the use of their historic and fascinating space for the photo shoot.
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