But it can still be a crutch. A place to hide. A reason to be present with a focus, a mission, without having to be present.
Plays like Bent and I Am My Own Wife, both of which I’ve had the honor of working on, are deeply moving to me. To lose oneself in character, in story. Storytelling, when collaborative in nature, has the power to transform. To transport.
Doing this work makes me closer to understanding. Whether seeing others through a lens, recognizing them, capturing them, writing pieces inspired by them—attempting to transfer their essence onto a page—learning about others’ experiences by reading about them, embodying and translating them...They’re all just ways to get closer to humanity. In effect, closer to oneself.
We are trained as people in a shared society—especially in the queer community— to be okay, to be normal, happy, successful. To compensate.
With that, though, I feel a responsibility to be a vessel for stories, experiences and the fleeting moments that carry them.