Today, I think I’m going to do something a little different. I need to remind myself of what I want The Gimpy Monologues to be. All too often, I find myself in a situation where my vision of a particular artistic project is compromised due to outside forces. I need to hold myself accountable for I want. And the best way to do that is to put it out there for the world to see.
I’ve talked about what I want, I wanted to be a creative Commons project. This is because I want other directors and other theater companies to be able to do with the show what is necessary to keep it fresh and lively. I want the production to have a YouTube channel where weekly discussions and/or interviews surrounding issues presented in the play are covered. I also want to channel to feature recordings of performances of the play by various theater companies, I want the directors, producers and actors to feel as though they can share their artistic visions with me and the world. I said all this before. But here’s something I haven’t said…
This is more than likely going to be a community theater production, and as I’m certain you all know, community is a niche. I would love to work with an organization of like-minded people who strive to bring more awareness to issues surrounding life with a disability. I would absolutely love that, but what I don’t want is to be operating in an niche within a niche. Not only would limit my potential reach, but in a sense I feel as though it would be preaching to the choir, or otherwise preaching to the converted. There is no need for production like this to be shown to people who are like-minded, the purpose of this endeavor is to change the hearts and minds of people with little to no exposure to these issues. This is something I cannot compromise on. This is the reason I started this journey to begin with, and to compromise the integrity of specifically this goal, would be to compromise the entire endeavor itself. I cannot do that.
Lastly, I’d like to say how much it warms my heart to read some of the many responses that this journey has garnered. It only reinforces this feeling I have deep within, that I am truly doing what I was meant to. Next week, more monologues! Thank you for being part of the system that holds me accountable for my own goals 🙂 talk to you all soon!