Post-Spiritrials homework assignment as directed by @shamellbell :
1. What touched me?
I inserted a new monologue at the end of the play. I debuted it during my show at @greenwaycourttheatre this past Saturday. The context that the new language gave the old language elicited an instant response from the audience that I have never received before. I believe it reflects the clarity in message that I've discovered in my journey of performing this piece for three years. I invited Shamell Bell to lead a radical dialogue after the play because I believe works of theatre have the unique ability to put a group in the same mental and spiritual space after having a shared experience in the same physical and temporal space. I believe that the space must be harnessed, cultivated, directed and maximized. Judging by the direction of our post-show dialogue, I felt that my newly articulated clarity provided us a foundation to achieve more clarity about groups, organizations, and institutions - how they have failed us and, ultimately, our role in improving them. It was beautiful. We really all came up with it together.
2. Activism elevator pitch:
I will honor the space my art creates, and I will be intentional about using that space to communally discover the language that articulates a new and better world.
Thank you to everyone who came out Saturday night. The play is what it is, and then you get there, and it becomes what we all make it. Forever grateful.