Something has happened to me. Children of a Lesser God has changed me. For the past month I put so much of my time in becoming James Leeds. And in about 16 hours, it will be over. I’ve learned so much. Mark is such a true professional director. He taught me the world. He let me be an actor. He trusted me.
There was an article in the paper, where Mark said, “Children of a Lesser God is a play about human rights, discrimination, and modern society’s reluctance to care. Though the play focuses on the deaf culture, its ramifications can be applied to all forms of discrimination and ignorance, from racial issues to sexual orientation to religious preference. It reveals the root of intolerance as based in the ignorance and apathy of human beings and their unwillingness to take time and energy to explore and understand an issue before they condemn its existence.”
Whew. I don’t know how to explain it. I seem different. This play has matured me. Even aged me.
Dana and Bradley came tonight, as did Dan and Allen. They were impressed. Strangers came up tonight and asked me how I memorized the whole show since I never left the stage. To not only learn my lines, but to learn Sarah’s lines, as well as sign language. I’m glad they noticed, but it didn’t seem all that hard, I just really wanted to do it and asked God to help me.
Dawn has been a delight. To play a person who fell in love with a person she played. No matter who I am, some version of me will always miss that time we were married on stage.
My dad came and seemed impressed, “Hard to believe that was you,” he said.
Thank you Mark Medoff for writing such a beautiful play.
It’s hard to know what I’m feeling. Only one performance left. Kevin is coming with the rest of the family.
So, where do I go from here?
What do I do now?
This love is leaving me.
I will be left alone with free evenings and no one to kiss.