Last night I had a dream that my head exploded. I felt cold chills, imagined nothingness and longed for all I wanted to see and do. But I soon realized that I was thinking all of these things and nothing had really changed. I got up and saw that not only was I still alive but no one noticed anything different about me. I could go about my day as if it were any other. Soon, my anxiety and fear gave way to a total release of old hang-ups and boring messages of self doubt. My mind was unleashed and I no longer needed to construct myself in relation to the confines of those old hurtful messages. I was thrilled to be alive!
Well, waking u p from that wake-up was certainly disorienting. The reality of social constraints piled high. The excuses for why I couldn’t just walk into Lincoln Center and demand my play have a reading were imposing. Still, the awakened me whispered steadily below the din. I can hear it now, encouraging me on. The transformation may not be as instantaneous as my head exploding, but I’ve decided to live in line with what I know to be important and meaningful rather than the warped messages that bend my ear. What about you? Where are you fighting against your own brilliance and goodness?
All through June and July, I’ll be taking this message on the road. Using theater with communities from Detroit, to Atlanta, to Kabul (yes again!) I’ll be working with people who want to remember what they already know and put it to use! Talking to each other about common issues is sometimes the simplest and most powerful thing we can do to start the gears of change turning. It can also be increasingly difficult because of all the messages we are distracted by. The only way to remember is to do it over and over! If you would like to attend any of the workshops, just let me know. And please pass on the information to others. We need to build our capacity for remembering together.
Lots of Love ~ Kayhan
June 4, 2011
12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Denk Chapman Hall @ Marygrove College
8425 W. McNichols, Detroit
Introduction to Theater of the Oppressed – Image Theater
CONTACT: Elena Herrada – email@example.com
June 5, 2011
24725 Farmington Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
MAI Family Services – Third Annual Walk to Stop Domestic Violence
June 11-12, 2011
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Clarkston Community Center
3701 College Ave., Clarkston GA 30021
Introduction to Image Theater
RSVP – firstname.lastname@example.org