"When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly." - Edward Teller
Good morning, my friends...
It's 3:30am right now in New York City. I am about to pack a suitcase and get on an plane to fly to California with two of my dearest friends (Stan Richardson and Matt Steiner) to embark on a brand new project that is going to be an incredible adventure.
An adventure that I'm going to share with YOU!
What's this trip to CA about, you ask?
Stan Richardson of The Representatives will be writing a play inspired by a one week visit to my hometown of Walnut Creek, CA, and his time spent meeting my family. Matt Steiner will be along for the ride as Stan's research assistant.
Is that crazy, or what?
A play inspired by my family.
I mean...What the hell are we doing? I have no idea, really...well...I have an IDEA...
It's a new experiment in play-making...a "theatrical portrait" of some kind, but what it will actually turn out to be is not so clear.
However, I do know that it is time for me to EVOLVE as a creative person...beyond applying to grad school.
So I've decided not to over-think this (okay maybe there was a little over-thinking involved) and to SNAG this amazing opportunity that presented itself to collaborate with people that I love and trust and respect on this creative project that I am supremely passionate about. (More on the origins of this project later perhaps...)
"Do what you love. Love what you do. Do it lovingly and with people who love YOU." That's my motto for this project.
Since I am all about PROCESS...and SHARING it on my blog helps me reflect on that process... (BIGTIME)
I will be blogging every day for the next week about the process of immersing myself in this CA family research trip and telling you all about how the adventure unfolds and how it feels to take this journey...
Imagine what it might be like to take a playwright to meet YOUR FAMILY and introduce him to your hometown and your past.... all the memories and places that helped to shape you becoming who you are now...all in the name of inspiring some kind of play, some story that will reveal itself...finding a story that needs to be told!
Creative inspiration is everywhere if we're just open to recognizing it.
So wish us luck!!! I'll be in touch... See you in CALIFORNIA!
But for now...it's a little after 4am and I have not packed a single item yet...true story. So I'd better get on that, because Matt and Stan will be here to pick me up in an hour and 15 minutes.
This is about to get REAL, people.
"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope." - Thomas Merton