Next to the End…for now.

Intermission love!

People like not only to be loved but also to be told they are loved; the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. -George Eliot

THIS WEEK, Next to Normal had its 11am student matinee (in which the talented Mary Nye Bennett performed the role of Diana).   At the talkback following the show I was asked the question, “What have you taken personally from this show?” Wow. Talk about a loaded question.  When I look at the score and script of Next to Normal and the conflicts that Natalie faces as a character, I think the overarching lesson that always leaps out at me is the idea that you can speak life or death into another person.

There is a LOT of opposition in this world- and I’m not just talking about critics per say.  A grumpy person you run into on the street, a small spat with a dear friend, an offhand “teasing remark” that may hit closer to home than you realize.  I’m sure there are people out there that are deliberately trying to “hurt” one another, but I don’t think that’s the case most of the time.  Often I think it’s the little things that are said or left unsaid that leave lasting marks on people’s hearts and souls.  For Natalie, it is being noticed or rather being told that someone is “proud of who she is.”  It boils down to that moment where you feel like someone truly “sees” who you are!

Words are life or death.  We can wield them however we choose. And as the quote says above, I don’t want it to be too little too late to share the love I have inside of me with those who are around me.  Why wait to leave flowers at someone’s grave when you can give them a bouquet of tender words today?

Lyndsay Ricketson and Bob Gaynor in the Alliance Theatre production of Next to Normal. Oct. 17 – Nov. 11, 2012. Photo by Greg Mooney.

5 shows left!!! Pictures from this past weekend to come next week!
So many of you have come and shown your love for me by filling a seat in the audience, sending me an encouraging text, or leaving a love-filled post on my wall.  I only hope that I continue to love all of you as well as you love me!

Love Always,

~Song of the Day~