by Noel Coward
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However, another, louder voice inside of me says there’s too little laughter in the world. We must not be ashamed of our joy; rather, we must find more ways to remember how much we love being alive. Jack Gilbert put it well, in Refusing Heaven:
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure, but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world...
Perhaps Coward’s characters are not the most well-behaved, most virtuous examples of delight, but they are stubbornly committed to a life lived to its fullest—or, as Coward scholar Frances Gray puts it, “to a gesture of defiance, a flower of vanity, courage, and stupidity.” So let’s be stubborn together and enjoy a few hours of silliness, with thanks to Coward, one of the wittiest writers the English-speaking world ever produced. Eighty years after this little soufflé first delighted London audiences, we’re amazed at how well it has stood the test of time, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.
It is with happy anticipation that we present Hay Fever.
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