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      Years ago, like back in the mid-90's

      Years ago, like back in the mid-90's, a member of one of the casts said she was looking forward to the end of a rehearsal/performance run because she could then get her bills paid. Her husband, who was also in the cast, chimed in that when both of them were in a play, not only were bills not paid, but nothing else in the household/lives got done.

      Kind of how I feel now. The process of rehearsals and performances of PROOF consumed more energy and time than I realize. Bills were indeed not paid. Meals tended to be repeats and quick leftovers (as one of my sons so ingratiously pointed out.) Tomatos hung and fell off the vines left unprocessed—and I had millions of tomatoes this year. And all of this was compounded because of the Lyme in my system which renders me so often completely useless.

      But now PROOF is over and I can begin paying bills and creating more interesting meals. The tomatoes are just going to have to be fed to the chickens, but I can at least take the time to write a blog.

      I really enjoy writing these things. I do find myself ready to write about issues totally unrelated to Hamilton-Gibson activities, however, and I have to curb my focus and not comment on the latest tweet, or grieve with the residents of PR and northern California, or rage about the possibility of funding for tobacco use awareness being lost.

      I read a magazine called American Theatre and once a month see the list of plays that regional theatres across the nation are producing. And read articles about explorations in these theatres of current issues and challenges. I am repeatedly stirred and challenged and encouraged to be mindful of the power of theatre.

      We had two talkbacks following PROOF performances. On the second Friday the discussion at one point explored the relationship of the two sisters in the play. A number of people commented on the older sister's attempts to try to help and live out what she felt was needed in her younger sister's life. One young woman, a college student, indicated that in viewing the play, she had begun to realize how she had been relating to her younger teenaged sister. She hadn't been able to understand why her sister seemed to be rejecting all her helpful advice. She said that while watching the play she had one of those “Aha!” moments.

      Erin, who played the younger sister, shouted out “Yes! The power of theatre!”

      Ok. I'm going to go pay a few bills.

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