Favorite color: Blue
Favorite number: Seven
Favorite way to eat: Organic
Favorite place to imagine myself: Japan
I am Jadae J. Johnson, vibrant and optimistic. Life is filled with riddles and be can be hard to decipher, but it’s a process with moments of opportunities to giggle.
“It’s easy to do and say the negative rather than the positive.
A struggle no one can deny,
since we all have rules we must comply.
But the choices is ours,
and if we ever stopped to think about that;
We’ll have such impact.
Our self-awareness, self-confident and self-esteem
are fractions of our identity;
And holistically each of us makes up society.
But to figure out who we are,
We have to understand individuality.
Rather than be subjective to the ideals of humanity.” (Jadae Johnson)
I am an individual. Not one who is categorized by ideals and ideologies. I am a person with personality, a character who can never be disguised - I am me and I love embracing my whole being.
I was first experiencing the comedy behind the sad, pathetic life of a retired psychologist who talks to her dead cat, a.k.a. lady grey. Her cat was the only one that she could really ever express herself holistically. So upon the passing of her husband, lady grey, who shared similar names with her famous tea, was brought back to life for consolation.
I admired the life and story behind each character. While waiting to take the test to join the Air Force, the men shared their names and where they were from. They waited for hours in a cold room far away from home. They left behind their family and friends. But they were determined to gain their wings. These men were educated and they knew exactly what would make them happy - freedom.
The father in the play actually believed he was in a war against his wife - I guess when there is a power struggle, this happens. And this is what I saw happening between the two. Between manipulation and control, who will rule?
Recently, one of my friends came back from Dominican Republic. She was telling me about her trip and how one of her family members went on their family trip with her boyfriend. Because of the boyfriend, this particular relative was the opposite of her usual self when with her family. This reminded me of the character Stella when Blanche came to visit Stella...
A love story. About a defiant and empowered woman (Katherina) and a man (Petruchio) who desires to tame her, promising that she will never be the same. The play goes through the tormented love rants/chants of Petruchio in his aim to "tame" Katherina, but it ends with Petruchio being tamed out of his shrewd, overpowering self.
As I watched, I pondered at what my later life should look like. I imagined me keeping a connection with my friends, unlike those in the play. Rather than having a funeral bring me and my three friends back together, I plan on having them in my life continuously. But similar to Antlia Pneumatica, I wish to create my own rituals with my friends. Make meaningful adventures and develop unbelievable stories.
The play was about a boy who up until the age of about fifteen was living his life believing he was born a girl. This is because of a tragic accident during his circumcision. That led his parents to a psychologist who was conducting a longitudinal case study on theory of nature verses nurture - focusing on gender identity. The journey of this boy from Sam to Samantha to Adam is remarkable.
At the beginning of the play she posed two questions which she said would be answered throughout the play, 1) how does one join a cult? and 2) how does one escape? By the end I learned that many people join for the same reason, however, the escape is different for everyone.
As I watched, I paid keen attention to the character of Simba. I found that we shared a lot of similarities. Like him, as I grew up I had to find my own way. My parents hadn't yet immigrated, so I had to live with other relatives. And as a child growing up, I felt like I needed my parents to be there, physically. Just like Simba after his father's death.
Touring the enchanting house with the charge that I was interviewing for a job, got me on my feet. I was paying keen attention to the details of each room, trying to capture in my mind the beautiful and surreal feeling the play brought about.