Thursday, June 8, 2017

But What Do You Say to Taking Chances?—Take a Detour from the Path with TRAIL MIX

By Christine Mason

Celine Dion - Taking Chances

We all love Celine Dion’s hit album and song “Taking Chances,” in which she encourages us to take a road with no clear path. Dion sings, “But what do you say to taking chances? / What do you say to jumping off the edge? / Never knowing if there’s solid grown below, / Or hand to hold, or hell to pay / What do you say?” (2008, Dion). In day-to-day life and new relationships alike, we question ourselves and the people around us. During the awkward teenage years, we are unsure of the thoughts or intentions of other people—and sometimes we doubt ourselves. Haven’t you been on a first date or at a party with someone and wondered, “what does the other person think about me?” “what am I doing?” or even, “what’s happening?” Dion relates, singing, “You don’t know about my past / And I don’t have a future figured out / And maybe this is going too fast / And maybe it’s not meant to last.” Everyone finds themselves in these situations, but people choose to leave the interaction entirely, while others choose to embrace this uncertainty. You may have heard the saying, “The brave may not live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all.” 

Ryan Gosling - Crazy Stupid Love (2011)
Picture this: A suave, raggedly-attractive young man ducks under a crowd of screaming girls and walks over to a modestly-dressed woman thinking about her business career—sounds a lot like Crazy Stupid Love. Ryan Gosling struts over to the professional Emma Stone and asks to buy her a drink, but she declines and leaves; she then comes back a few scenes later and agrees to go home with him.

Likewise, in Patrick Sherrard’s new play Trail Mix, rockstar Denny approaches Daisy, a woman reading a book alone at a club. A man would have to be pretty smooth to be able to play that off well. What would a stranger have to say to you in order to win you over?—Or would you even consider going on a date with someone you’ve never seen before?  Mr. Sherrard raises questions regarding what has led up to a moment such as this, in addition to how and why polar opposites are attracted and intrigued by one another. 

 Come see “Trail Mix” to explore what it means to let loose and ‘go with the flow’ when you learn to trust someone different from you, looking beyond first impressions in order to fully connect with someone. Packed with cheesy pick-up lines, cringey jokes and puns -- but also some cute and sweet moments – “Trail Mix” will have you laughing and reconsidering your approach on meeting new people,

TRAIL MIX By Patrick Sherrard

Featuring:  Laura Sweeney and Michael Mingoia

The first time taking a new path can change your journey forever.

Wednesday, July 19th at 7pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 3pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 9pm
Monday, July 24th at 7pm

$25 Online, $27 at the Box Office

Premium Seats (Rows A-F):
$30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
For tickets clear here.

Christine Mason - Writer

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