Do you have a dream? Maybe that still, small voice whispered something to you long ago? How long does it take you to act on the impossible? Alice said she does multiple impossible things before breakfast. I feel like Alice sometimes. With a crazy teaching schedule (one that makes other educators cry ‘torture!’) two small kiddos — one with special needs, and my own health challenges, we still managed to pull off auditions for Reclaiming My Time without a hitch.
Ok, so maybe there was a hitch – two student actors that were unsure how to manage their time and had to be replaced – But the cast is now set and bonding and practicing and loving it. And I love them! We have the dynamic motivational speaker Trish Robinson, the multitalented Kiersten Hyman that you may have seen in December in Christian Life Assembly’s Christmas play, professional writer and spoken word powerhouse Amirh Brunson, and a total of 12 incredible actresses and activists, many of which have experience with community theater.
The rehearsals often bring me to tears. It’s an odd feeling, after 20 years of slams and recitations, to see someone else bring your words to life.
The rehearsals often bring me to tears. It’s an odd feeling, after 20 years of slams and recitations, to see someone else bring your words to life.It’s even more to realize that these ladies’ powerful performances will effect change in the community and the hearts of others. With my personal illness, I can’t always get out there and hit the streets, but my art speaks. (I am actually working on a manuscript called Rage, Rage that deals with that very issue.)
This is truly the most important thing I’m doing right now (other than parenting, which is truly the most important thing.) But career wise, this is my biggest moment and when people ask me how my term is going, I say I’m thrilled. Not my standard response, I assure you, especially when I am not able to teach my heart – Creative Writing!
It’s not over in March after the last performance. My amazing Communication intern is building a website and I will continue to market my oral history projects to schools and organizations. Three have already expressed interest.
Women in Civil Rights aren’t the only ones who need to reclaim their voice! I plan to open this up to other areas. Vietnam vets perhaps? Boat people? Refugees? Could the American Griot Project head overseas? The struggle continues, and so does the work… Peace.