Bodies and Barriers and Beginnings

So, a few months ago I embarked on my own solo playwriting project, called “Body=Barrier”. After working on yet another faith-based play, as well as getting a little directing and acting experience in the process, and after creating a few other things in the process, I finally managed to finish it. But just when I thought that I would get a breather, I found something else to do.

Right after I finished writing it, I decided that I’d try to direct it. For a show just short of two months later. Because I’m crazy.

And now here I am, one month away from my first staged solo directorial debut, for a play that I wrote myself, at the National Drama Association’s national theatre event, ‘The Festival’. Not only will I be performing on the same stage with the person I’ve co-directed with for the past three years, but I’ll also be sharing the title of ‘director’ with three of my directing and performance mentors. Because you can never have enough pressure.

The entire idea is to build an opportunity for me and some of the other passionate young thespians I’ve been sharing space with for the past few years to have a place that they can built and experiment and challenge and critique through their art. Because that’s exactly what art is – constructive, experimental, challenging, critical… Interestingly enough, that’s exactly what we want to create – artIS…but more on that in a future post…

Anyway, just letting you folks know I’m in the coliseum, taking some friends with me, fighting the lion. And as Basdeo Panday once said, “When you see me and the lion fighting, doh feel sorry for me…”

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The Body Barrier Chronicles – Faith Ain’t Straight and Narrow

Shawn Smart and I just finished ‘2 Creations’, and I must say it truly was a spiritual experience… The production tested some wills, had it’s own fair share of trials, almost made some folks sin their souls, and at the end the entire play came down to faith. We had never done a full run of the play, had no idea of some of the cues, never even had a real dress rehearsal. But at the end of the day, when the lights were on and showtime began, it was a blast.

That’s the first lesson I’ve learned from directing – have faith. Continue reading

Higher Level

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Today’s 420. I’m in my room, with dark curtains all the way down, listening to Kid Cudi’s new album.

But the closest I’m getting to any green is a hot cup of Lipton green tea.

Marijuana has always been a big issue for me, even larger than murder, stealing and sexual misconduct. Lemme explain – politically, I am pro-legalization. I think that marijuana criminalization needlessly puts people in jail. People who have not necessarily harmed anyone, and cannot be placed in the same space as hardened criminals. They are often young people of a particular economic and social class (and race, but I digress) who lose the opportunity to make a future for themselves through education and contributing to society in what it views as constructive. I mean, no matter what you think about weed-smokers, they go to work just like sober folks.

But, on the other end, I believe that anything that takes away your sobriety, your control, and lends the power to your flesh, is not what a person truly needs. It’s heavily informed by my spiritual understanding, and how I now view the flesh against the soul. I’m completely okay with people doing whatever they feel they should, and for the most part I won’t completely shun you. But, at a point, that’s an energy that mine cannot mesh with. I suppose that’s okay too, once each person has the spiritual experience that makes them feel whole…

So, for those who are wondering how I’m spending 4/20, I’ll be having tea and rehearsing for my play in May.

And I wish the rest of you a sober and sobering day.

Blessings, Compassion, Peace & Love.