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LGBT Teens for Friendship and Justice

Dear Kim:

My anxiety over yesterday's show that we did yesterday with LGBT teenagers for Friendship and Justice at St. Margaret's of Scotland Parish was probably not necessary. Although I am wondering if anxiety is ever productive.

In terms of turnout, it was an unqualified success. 80 tickets were sold in advance and over 200 people showed up, including your friends Hans and Valerie Levi. So many people came we had to delay the start of the show and to find more chairs. That is a lovely problem to have.

I sat on the side, gagging the effect by watching three people: Bill, a philanthropist with a pretty sophisticated palette, Phyllis, an educator who does a lot of collaborations and Mo, a co-owner of a community coffeehouse. All seemed to be enjoying the show and stayed for the discussion afterwards.

The director in me still cringed as I watched scenes that were poorly paced or writing that had needed to be edited.

(Kim: I'm sometimes in the same situation. I know I can't do everything myself, but also that I have limitations in time, skill, and interest. And sometimes I cringe when I see what others do with jobs I give them. And sometimes I'm knocked out because they did such a great job.)

The activist in me recognized that we had put together an important community building event that people loved.

I struggle to hold and respect this dichotomy at the same time.

Later,

Joan

Monday, Mar 6, 2006