This weekend, I went to see the play The Dixie Swim Club with my mom and granny, knowing nothing about the play other than that one of my old teachers/family friends was one of the main characters. Not only was the play laugh-out-loud hilarious, it reminded me of our discussion in class about dealing with memories.
Let me give you a little summary of the play: It’s the story of five women who became best friends on the swim team in college. Every summer, they get together for a girls’ weekend in the Outer Banks to catch up on all the drama in their very different lives. The play has four acts, each focusing on one of the weekends, and spanning over twenty-three years, the last of which the women (those still living) are seventy-seven years old. As the get older, the audience watches their lives grow more apart, but their friendship grow stronger as they rely more on each other through life’s challenges.
Even though the story in Dixie Swim Club is not at all related to that of Hiroshima Mon Amour or Night and Fog, all have underlying themes about the importance of memory. Dr. Dalton said that Alain Resnais’ films were trying to say that if we don’t deal with memory, then we forget, and I think the play touched on the same thing. Each summer, the five friends choose to remember. They choose to remember the good times and the bad because it’s those experiences that strengthened their friendship.
Whether it’s a documentary about WWII or a “a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…,” these stories are aiming to teach us the same thing–to remember.