At the Table was a simultaneously comforting and disconcerting reminder that no matter how old we get, we never quite have our shit together.
It also made me wonder: Maybe people are supposed to outgrow each other. Because certainly friendships should be fluid relationships and not forced. And if a scheduled weekend retreat is the only way for a group of people to stay in touch, then perhaps that group of people is really meant to go their separate ways.
Right when we walked through the doors, a man greeted us and asked if we had our noses. We said no and he ran to get us some. He came back really quickly and said "these are because something funny is happening in NYC. And if you post a selfie with them on use the #nosie. That's what we are calling them." Ryan and I laughed and said thank you. I was so happy to get a clown nose. They just gave them out!
I found myself getting offended at how rude Nino was. Looking back now I understand why he was so intense and so quick to snap. He had inner pain, hidden and it must have been tearing him apart. I’ll expand on that later... back to the play.
Out of My Comfort Zone's message is one that I wish I had known when I was in middle school: Don't be anybody that you're not. It sounds basic, but the effort that kids in middle school put in simply to be liked is nothing short of absurd. People like avoiding conflict. They don't want to stand out too much, so they play it safe. Out of My Comfort Zonechallenged this concept, promoting self confidence and loving unashamedly. Although it's been nearly a decade since I started middle school, the problems the children faced in Out of My Comfort Zonestill strongly registered with me, and triggered painful flashbacks from my childhood that have shaped me to this day.
A: This is my second show of the day. It is a really special ‘fill the well’ day. Q: Is there an occasion that you are squeezing two into one day? A: I’m a mom and I’m also an actress. I rarely get to soak up what is out there.