Things are more or less the new normal for me right now, and that's okay...me and Jack are enjoying life and getting out of it what we can, and I've slowly gravitated back into being a more active member of the theatre community. Back in late February, very soon after the breakup, I had a play in this year's edition of the Chicago One-Minute Play Festival, a piece called PROFILES IN...? directed by Anna Trachtman, who I've realized is probably the most dedicated, talented and sympatico director I've had for my work: despite only being sixty seconds, it was a proud moment because this particular drama was a blunt, unsubtle attack on the loathsome Darryl W. Cox and the evil, hopefully vanquished Profiles Theatre and the cowardice displayed by The Joseph Jefferson Committee. I was remiss in keeping you, my lovely readers & friends, informed about that festival because I was in the midst of a full-fledged nervous breakdown. That won't happen again and I'm planning on keeping this blog and this website more up to date and hyping every project, festival or production I have a part of and I'm hopeful to have more good news to share with you in the coming days and months.
As for right now, I wanted to let you all know about The Empathy Festival. The Empathy Festival is a beautiful event from the brilliant minds of Tanise Robnett & Alif Muhammed and their company Talif Productions, it features nine plays exploring writers’ abilities to empathize with characters elsewhere on the gender spectrum than themselves. I was fortunate enough to be asked to direct Jordy Williams' fine play PERSONAL HEROES, a deeply emotional drama about a frustrated young businesswoman (Carissa Meyer) and her relationship with her troubled, comic book-obsessed sister (Larissa Strong.) Having run every Tuesday this month, the fest has its final performance at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30th, at The Public House Theater, 3914 N. Clark Street in Chicago, and there's something for everyone: laughter, horror, shock, sadness, mystery, mischief, and above all, of course, empathy for our fellow human beings and for their and our plight on this planet.
I wouldn't miss it for the world. Good to see you again.