Dear Evan Hanson:
One of the best plays I’ve ever seen. Broke my heart wide open, in a good way. A perfect balance of humor, humility, vulnerability, sadness, joy, and truth. It’s a story about a boy with social anxiety, which I believe if were to be really honest, many of us experience to some degree, including me. It’s about having the courage to speak your own personal truth, needs, wants and desires, despite societies expectations of how we think we should be. It’s about being SEEN and accepted for who we are. We often hide the most vulnerable parts of ourselves, in an effort to protect ourselves, and subsequently create these fantasies or ideals in an unconscious attempt to belong, to be loved, and accepted in community with others. I could go on and on here, but for now I’ll just say my heart aches for all those, including me, who have at times been too afraid to be themselves in fear of not being accepted, and loved.
We live in this seemingly crazy world that is moving fast. In this rapid society, are we really seeing each other, hearing one another, and connecting from the heart? I pray we all learn, in service to our collective growth and evolution in this beautiful world we live in. 💙