What "Gloria, A Life" at the Daryl Roth Theater Inspired

I saw "Gloria: A Life" tonight and it ignited a flame I've been dancing around with the #MeToo moment this past year. So much so I found myself with a microphone in my hand during our audience talking circle and it inspired me to write:

There is a moment.
When something
So terrible
To you
That you freeze.
This couldn’t be happening to you.
You stand there.
Unable to speak.
Unable to move.
Hoping it passes.
When it does
Eventually pass,
You’re confused.
That shame is yours.
Because you didn’t do something about it.
You couldn’t.
It’s your fault.
You silly girl.

This is my experience with sexual harassment.
My story is nothing remarkable.
It is a collection of these moments.
Moments that are all too common
And silently shared by many.

I can trace a number of these moments when I was made to feel less than. Not to the fault of the individuals, but the society and ideas that shaped them. These moments of mine vary in intensity and have taken anywhere from a day to 8 years to process. Some may have yet to even surface. I’ve started reclaiming myself and my femininity by learning through the stories of others that I’m not crazy and I’m not alone. It’s much bigger than any one of us. And there’s power in the collection of moments.

So over the next few weeks I’ll be writing and sharing them with you. Whether you’re on the accidental cause or receiving end of a similar moment, what I hope is that you know you’re not alone. Its not your fault. And that you can do something about it.

Theatre is the Seeing Place

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing down my ideas for awhile. I see a lot of theatre, act in a lot of plays, and read a lot of books. It’s safe to say I’ve got a lot of opinions. Here will reside a collection of musings of everything I deem applicable to art. It is my belief that great art holds the mirror up to nature, spurs conversation necessary for social change, and provides the catharsis needed to heal on an individual and societal level. i am a champion of the power of myth, ideas, and the beauty that exists in each and every one of us. I am also an eternal optimist and believe that everyone always does the best that they can in whatever set of circumstances they find themselves in.

If I say something that you disagree with, I’d love to hear what you have to say. You have my respect just by being alive on this planet and I will honor the truth of your experience. Some of the greatest joys of my life are having my beliefs challenged, wading through ambiguity, and coming to a deeper understanding of what it is to be human. I want to be wrong! Because that means I’m growing.

If something I say makes you not want to work with me, that’s great! Self-select yourself out of my future pool of collaborators. I’ll speak from my truth of whatever moment I am writing and deep down I respect and champion every creative act in this world. We need everyone’s point of view, everyone’s great questions of life, and everyone’s flops. Only out of flopped productions can the true masterpieces rise. We’re all in this together. So let’s create great art.