Good Things!

Yes, 42nd Street was an amazing amount of wonderful dancing feet — tap-dancing feet, no less. And tons of singing. It was really, really fun.

A couple of those songs made me a little misty-eyed for the New York City that I remember from the old days.  (No, I didn’t live there in the 1930s! I meant, when the show first came out in 1980.) But overall, it was just plain fun.

As for those boys of summer (post below), it was really heartbreaking — but in the best way. I want so much to make time stand still, but it can’t be done, gang! (Unless, of course, it’s something torturous and horrible and filled to the brim with hell — high school springs to mind! Then time does indeed stand still…)

But 2 more shows, and then they strike the set for good and go off to have lives.  The one guy in particular that I am really crazy about only has one more show before he’s done for the season. I saw him outside as I was leaving the theater last night. I had the perfect opportunity to speak to him, but all I could think of to say was, “Oh my god! Don’t leave me!! Luckily, I have a working brain filter, so I was able to just keep walking…

When I reached my car, though, I leaned against it for a while and watched him, watched all of them — the whole cast was outside. It was a beautiful, clear night; thousands of stars in the sky; only 67 lovely degrees. And I watched those beautiful young people and wondered about the flow of human beings coming together, dispersing, coming together again.  I know there is an underlying emotional order to all of it, to the flow of life. I can’t explain it in linear sentences, but I feel the emotional order in my heart. And sometimes that flow of human beings is just too beautiful for words.

When I finally got in my car, I checked my phone and discovered a text from the Mormon missionaries! They received permission to still take that trip up to Kirtland next week to see the temple with me. What great news!

Also, yesterday, I had the conference call with Peitor Angell (see post below from a couple days ago) regarding my needing help with the re-structuring of the stage adaptation of Tell My Bones.

He’s out of the country right now; on a  whole different time zone, 3 hours behind me. But he got up at 6 AM in order to find a quiet place, as well as a place where his cell phone could get reception, so that he could talk to me uninterrupted by life.

That is a true friend, isn’t it? To get up at 6 AM when you’re on vacation in another country, just to help a friend figure something out.

He gave me the most amazing, detailed advice for how I could find a better way in to the story. I could barely keep up, I was taking so many notes.

I said, “Is this a process you already do, or something? It is so detailed and so well thought out.”

He said, “No, I’m just coming up with it now. I’m trying to intuitively tap into the whole project and help bring out the artist in you.”

Well, it worked. It was staggering, really — how helpful he was. I am really just so blessed.

And so, on that note, I have to get down to the kitchen table, spread out a bunch of papers and notes and re-think my whole script.

Have a really great Thursday, wherever you are and with whatever you’re doing, gang. Keep looking for those miracles, they’re probably right in front of you. Thanks for visiting. See ya.

42nd Street, Weathervane Playhouse

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Good Things!”

  1. I’m glad you’re not joining the LDS. I’ve also known wonderful people from among them, but as both an institution and a religion, it involves a lot of “holding back” for most people and more broadly for society. As you know, I’m sure, it involves a strong, culturally “stubborn” form of patriarchy. The sexual restrictiveness is just one expression or “outworking” of that.

    I know that probably the majority of Mormon women are quite satisfied with the way their church defines and structures gender roles, but also a large number are not! Some are outspoken, while seeking to remain in the church. How they’ve been treated is telling (generally not with genuine respect and care, from what I’ve heard, though perhaps better in many cases also). But the clear point is that while even LDS will gradually change over time (historically shown already), there is a powerful rigidity there as an institution. And the patriarchy aspect tends to support the massive problem that patriarchy remains to be in our broader culture…. We shouldn’t be fooled by the positive progress in many aspects as to the roots of patriarchy remaining deep and still feeding the “tree” of many forms of inequality and oppression…. tied right in with racism and other fear/control-based “isms”.

    1. I see a lot of those same patriarchal issues in all aspects of Christianity, even in the more liberal sects. I like that Mormons allow for fluidity over time and that they aren’t tied to Pauline Christianity or to the crucifixion. They have good aspects and not so good, as all organized religions have, in my opinion.

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