K2: Mountain as Metaphor

Yesterday was my birthday. (I’m 50-something, in case you wondered.) I started the day with work, then a yoga class, then more work, then a massage, then a hair appointment. Then the theatre! Peter and I went to go see K2 last night presented by Virginia Stage Company at the Wells Theatre. It’s a great show, and it’s on stage through Oct. 12.

The set is so realistic—it blew us away. In fact, the audience applauded the set when the curtain rose. You truly feel as if you are watching the drama unfold on the side of a mountain. According to Chris Hanna, the artistic director, set designers worked hard all summer on this set, and the sense of verisimilitude is spot on. I heard someone leaving the theatre saying how cold she was. Brrr.        

K2 is suspenseful, intriguing, thought provoking, inspiring—and a little sad. I was surprised to feel a few tears sliding down my cheeks when the curtain fell. Even though the ending was sad, it also made me feel hopeful and happy at the same time.

Kind of like life. We have our sad moments, but we also have joy. We have angry feelings, but we also know how to forgive. We value friends, family, and community, but at the final hour we are alone. And we need to be at peace with ourselves.

This play has layers of meaning, not unlike the mountains themselves. Sometimes we have to kick off the top layers of clumps and frozen snow to find the feelings underneath. I’ve always believed that burying things deep inside only causes problems. Unresolved issues ferment, and out of nowhere they can erupt, like a volcano spewing detritus all over your world.

The two characters in K2 let their feelings out in a powerful way. It’s just one of many lessons the play teaches. In fact, I wanted to write down some of the messages that came across, but was too engrossed in the drama. The final line at the end was about seeing with “new eyes.” Another metaphor, perhaps. Perhaps not. 

Birthdays are a good time to reflect—not about growing old. But about growing better. 

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Peggy Sijswerda

Tidewater Women Magazine, Editor & Co-Publisher.

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