When we first had the crazy idea to start a theatre company, we were ready to dive right in and buy property. One of the spaces that we were looking at purchase was an old, asbestos filled firehouse in Peekskill, NY. From that, we landed on the idea of the Phoenix, giving new life to an old, sad building. When reality reared it's ugly head (sorry reality, but you know it's true), we realized that we were getting a bit ahead of ourselves.
We've since moved on from the firehouse, but the idea of the Phoenix still resonates with us. We've been involved with numerous theatre companies during our lifetimes, and were feeling a bit disillusioned and burnt out. "When we have our own company..." had become a frequent talking point between us. So in some ways, it feels like the Phoenix is rising from the ashes of how burnt out we had become from other things in our lives.
And then it was 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and theatres all over the world had to shutter their doors and cancel their seasons. In a lot of really scary ways, it felt like it was the end. So we decided that with everything on hold, it was a great time to rise up and launch our company. With all of that backstory in place, we felt that the Phoenix was the perfect metaphor to celebrate the immortality of theatre and artistic pursuits, overcoming death and adversity.