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Dear Jen;

Thanks for your review. I just read it.

I want to clarify a couple of your misconceptions. First of all, I'm well aware of STAR TREK, its themes, characters, etc. I'm just not a Trekky. My interest in Captain Kirk, for the purposes of this production, comes from the fact that he's a kind of sign--a shared cultural figure that many people know.

Secondly, I'm well aware that Mari Akita is Asian and that her speaking during in an interlude means far more than just giving the audience a breather. A gesture in the theatre is never about one thing for me. But I prefer to let the performance do the talking rather than myself.

Theatre, from my point of view, is a kind of poetry. I prefer an economy of gesture--a simple gesture that speaks volumes. It clearly spoke that way to you.

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