Just like that, I’m back here, trying to pen words to this whirlwind. First and foremost (and because Megan said I can write whatever I want) I’m going to unabashedly plug my show, Equus at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre. Here's a terrifying picture to give you an idea of what this show is about:
This 1970’s British drama (penned by Peter Shaffer, who also wrote a little show you may have heard of called Amadeus) runs April 6–23, 2017. I have been lightly pitching this on social media and will reiterate here that this show is highly thematic and contains strong language, nudity, and disturbing situations.
So. Do a little research before you come. Or do a lot of research, if that’s what you’re into.
A little bit of whimsy
For those who don’t know, People’s Liberty team meetings begin with a fun question like, “Where’s the most exotic place you’ve been?” or “Tell an interesting story relating to a bus ride.” This week we pondered, “What is your dream home like?”
My dream home? The Lost Boys' underground treehouse. Who wouldn’t want to live in this underground jungle gym? (I realize this picture leaves something to be desired, but I couldn't find one of the actual interior that did it justice.)
One of my dream jobs is to be an editor. I’ve been writing stories and taking charge forever. Seriously, ask my childhood best friend Jaime. I had a Unicorn Series in first grade detailing tales about Moon Beam, Rainbow Beam–pretty much any unicorn you could imagine with the surname Beam–which I based on recess games we played.
I get chills just thinking about taking my sharp punctuation scalpel and making precise cuts and stitches; breathing life into my mind's fantastical adventures with words.
All this to say that for the first two weeks of March, I (along with Mak and Priya) was fortunate enough to traipse alongside Megan as she interviewed some inspiring movers and makers of Cincinnati. Their words about work, success, and all the intricacies in between are a fresh reminder that fulfillment in our work can span many paths and take many forms.
Our team has been working diligently to transcribe, edit, and cement all these wonderful words into a publication of some sort. While I'm not exactly the chief editor at The New Yorker, allowing individuals' stories to kindle the fire in others has essentially been the goal all along, even when penning tales of Sun Beam.
Authentic picture below circa 1996
Thanks for reading!
A few current favorites to end this post:
Yoga with Adriene. Find what feels good.
Almond croissants from French Crust Cafe.
I Wrote My Way Out by Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Aloe Blacc from the Hamilton Mixtape.
I Cut Off My Hair (Demo) by Regina Spektor. This is one of my favorite songs by Regi. After missing opportunity after opportunity to see her since 2009, I finally saw her in Columbus last week. Her word play is brilliant.