It's Saturday and the thunder rolls and roars here in New York City. Whenever it thunders, I think of my mother suggesting I calm myself by reflecting on one of the many little sayings about thunder she kept in her back pocket for her nervous little kid. What worked best was being enveloped in her arms, my head on her chest, and the smell of her skin, and the touch of her hands rubbing my back. It was the closest thing I know to describe love and comfort and being grateful.
I am comforted and grateful today to realize I have so many virtual hands and hearts holding me, loving me, and supporting me as I make way through this campaign. It's not easy asking for people for money to fund a project, but it's necessary. In this country, one must be doubly accountable as an artist, as a woman. You MUST do whatever it takes to create the work you know will have IMPACT and bring joy and possible transformation to others. You must ROAR like THUNDER and NEVER stop till the work gets done.
Thanks are is in order for those who have helped me ROAR and get my WORK done this week...another week of privilege to create and campaign for the birth of this show.
Thank you, Ms. Raqui Borromeo - a brilliant pianist, composer, artist, and collaborator. Thank you for your consistent, constant support and love. Thank you for being the catalyst (in part) to return to the stage. My insistence on learning the piano FROM YOU and our intense conversations about creating, our play, our work, our dreaming aloud to each other and sharing our fears...you created a space for me to say aloud, "Maybe I'lll create a play where I am playing the piano, where the piano lessons are the anchor for me to write a play about birthing through traumas in life. Do you remember this? Thank you for the chance to rise to greater heights through the colors of black and white, a set of 88 keys, a talk about dreams and the opportunity for me to see that I can do ANYTHING I set my mind to...even playing a simple piece by Mozart. Thanks you! 🔴🎼🔴
Thank you, Jackie Collari - a brilliant woman, a dedicated and loving mother, a teacher, a sage, a baker, a chef, a hostess, a friend, my family. Thank you for including me and my Dad into your incredible family tribe. Thanks to Jen for introducing me to you and Anna and your people. Our connection has made my life better and your kind gestures toward me as a sister, a friend, a woman have impacted my life in ways that you may not even know. I will never forget (and I sit here and cry thinking of it) when you and Maria and Gina came to CAP21 on 18th Street to my studio space to watch me perform the monologue I'd written about the demise of my marriage. There I was in all my glory, ripping and tearing at those words like a rabid animal, like I needing exorcising, and then I looked up and you guys were jaw dropped and misty eyes, and I said, "So, whatdya think? Do you get it?" And there was silence. A good silence. I roared my heart out and you held me in those most vulnerable moments. Thank you for making me an Elmo cake once. I cry at that memory, too. 🌪️🎂🍽️🚈🏚️🎁❤️🔴
Therese Lennon Joslin - Thank you to you for accepting as one of your East Coast sisters, inviting me to the incredible parties you throw, for your soft lens toward all people in this life; thank you for teaching how graceful it is to glide instead of race and rush; thank you for sharing the unbelievable gifts given from your heart & hearth that you give without expectation of much in return; thank you for making me feel that your open door is open to me and my Dad and that we are NOT just guests, but welcomed friend and Collari/Plante family; thank you for your open heart and open mind; for the way you treat everyone in your presence, whether it be friend, neighbor, staff, children, adults...with great respect; thank you for showing the world that saying YES to people reaps fun and joy and good living. You teach people to be patient and kind in the way you move through this world. Your gentleness and your heart are noteworthy. Thank you for caring about me and for your support. Thank you! 🍽️🍾🍴🚅🏠❤️🔴
Alison Lemay Wells - Alison, thank you for your CONSTANT support of me and your incredible love I feel you sending my way. Our connection as children and now as adults has strengthened my belief that near or far, friends remain a part of your heart. I can't believe I've known you for 4 decades. I can't believe we are women who can reference anything in terms of decades, never mind the # 4! Ha! You are gentle and joyous and embody love. Thank you for this extra support as I know you supported me at the CT Fundraiser, too. Your support and care for me means a lot. I don't know how to best express my gratitude . Your in my heart and thoughts and I thank you! I can't wait to share the show with you. Until then, I wish you peace and love.
Jerusha Klemperer - one of the most beautiful women I know. One of the funniest, sweetest, joyous, most grounded people I have met in my life. Jerusha, you are a woman that makes me want to stand as tall and as graceful and be as strong as I can be. You inspire me and make me want "to do life BIG." When you are near, I am at my best. I will never forget the time we talked through a weird and sensitive issue during a New Year's Eve party at a mutual friend's apartment and knowing DURING and AFTER that talk that we were connected as women and as sisters. I will NEVER forget you coming to my school in Queens and sharing your work about FoodCorps. And I will never forget that you showed up at my apartment with your now beautiful husband to support me as I showcased my movement and monologue work as a way to be "seen" again as an actress. We don't forget these things. Thank you! I'm wishing you peace and love and goodness always. 👗🌺🍽️🎼❤️