Favorite moments from Looks Not Books Episode 15
I’ve spend a lot of time in the last 9 months thinking about how to write about my experience at Stagedoor Manor, yes that Stagedoor Manor. The Stagedoor Manor with a book, and a documentary and a movie and all those starry alumni. My quick and dirty answer to what Stagedoor was like for me is telling people I’d like to burn the place to the ground. The long answer is what I discuss with my therapist every week, and the medium answer is what follows.
Before I get too deep into my story I’ll give you this disclaimer, when it comes to the people whose lives intersected mine and are mentioned in this piece, I don’t take the involuntary outing of other individuals lightly. I came of age in a queer community that taught outing was something left solely to each person to out themselves and no one else. While I admire my queer mentors and deeply respect the pain that has been caused by the involuntary outing of my brothers and sisters, I believe in this case it is impossible for me to tell my story without it overlapping the stories of others. And while I might be taking away their choice to come out where and when they wish, I believe my story is a story that must be told truthfully. More importantly, I believe we live in a time when those among us clinging to their perceived heteronormativity to protect themselves from the world, or in this case the world from them, are those among us who are hurting the gay community the most. I know there are still many places in the world where an essential tool of survival for gay men and women is to hide their orientation, but if there is one place on earth where any gay man or woman should be able to be free to be themselves it’s at a theatre camp.
This finally happened!! Third time is the charm! I told Tracy Letts that this was my third time seeing the show, and how much I loved it, then Michael C Hall walks up to me and asked “Did I just hear you say you saw the show three times?” I might have died a little on the inside. :p I told him how brilliant he is as Dexter too! He was super sweet! :)
Also, I really do love The Realistic Joneses. This was my first time seeing it after it opened, and it felt so much tighter. I noticed a few little cuts here and there that picked up the pacing. This is a quirky show with a hidden meaning of how scary life can be, especially when you’re looking death in the eyes. I highly recommend this show if you haven’t seen it yet! Kudos to everyone involved! <3
I’m so proud to be a part of @espagram13 (ESPA)! I just love the community there, and the outpouring of support. I feel like I belong there, like I do have a family and a home here in the city, and in the theatre community! I’m so proud of the work that is created here, and the collaboration that happens to get it out there. It’s just such a great feeling to know I have a safe place to try new things with my writing, a place that allows me to be fearless, and to grow. That’s something special! Thanks ESPA, and Sarah and Tessa for creating and sharing this wonderful community with NY!
And a huge thank you to John and Sarah for reading for me today!! Much love to the both of you! And a huge congrats to Ben and Michael for being brave enough to share your work today! I wish more people from our class could have presented, but I’m grateful for Julian Sheppard for letting us present with his class today.
Can’t wait for the fall semester, ESPA! <3
I FINALLY met Jenn Colella after If/Then! I think she’s brilliantly talented and always under used in shows. She seemed excited that I saw her in Kiki Baby, she then started to talk like Kiki - it made my night for sure!! But the best part? Watching her ride off on her scooter that had a blinking light on it, and she had a helmet! What a goofball. :p
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Another incredible experience today with Richie and Madeleine at the press preview for The Most Happy Fella! The massive amount of talents that was packed in that room today was insane!! So overwhelming!! What is my life right now?! Thanks again Richie!! <3
Tonight was a special night! First I saw a screening of Rob the Mob with Madeleine - it was the first movie she worked on AND HER NAME WAS IN THE CREDITS!! Super proud of her! I would say it’s not all the time you see your friend’s name on the screen … but I know with Madeleine that’s just not true! Then, I ended up at the opening night of Les Miserables press night with Madeleine and Richard Ridge as unofficial press with Broadway World! What a special night, and what a special guy Richard is! It was making my night (and middle school fan girl self) everytime he asked me to hold something for him, or telling me to hold a spot for him. Sometimes just saying yes to life to see where the night takes you leads to the most (unexpected) amazing NY stories to tell for years to come. This was one of those nights. :)
Happy birthday, SuFoss!! Hope it’s a great one!! <3 #BwayBoosters