I'm sitting in my housing unit, in Minneapolis, sorting out the basket of events that have occurred, in just the last 48hrs. From Broadway officially shutting down in New York, to waking up to an official notice that remaining performances of The Bacchae - all production at the Guthrie Theater - have been cancelled, all due to the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, life has taken a surrealistic turn. Until very shortly ago, my mind has been aflutter, for lack of a better description. While I am still sad that our performances are no more, that is only a slither of the sadness I feel.
During this week, my mind has been mostly on the world, but especially our nation. With the lack of preparation and information on the part of our current administration, I think about:
What are we going to do differently? My take? Instead of spending time worrying, or pointing the finger - more especially wasting time stocking up on materialistic things, for what??? - this is where we rise to the occasion and step into the new. I don't mean to get all revolutionary, but this very pandemic is further revealing more of the systems that no longer serve or support us as a People, and we cannot not readily rely on "the powers the be," because they be people just like us. At the end of the day, we are all human beings who are, at the foundation, equally at risk. "Power," "Status," and "Money" truly have less significance than we like to believe, now. We are being called to be smarter than that, and to truly be a part of the conversation of harmonic solutions. But that's just me, and I'm only one of millions. Something needs to be done, though, before we cycle back into the same old lessons we should have learned generations ago. Until soon...
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At present, I am sitting in my dressing room, preparing for tonight's preview of THE BACCHAE - the second one of the run. As I reflect on last night's first preview, exuberance and gratitude fill my cup. Part of me keeps asking myself, how did I manage to get to this point? Not from a place of self-deprecation, no; it just amazes me how things happen in such a way, even when I think I'm procrastinating or not doing "enough." The other, bigger part of me affirms, and so it is.
I remember when I first moved to New York, I was all about getting on Broadway; Broadway, Broadway, Broooadwaaay. A couple of years in, I resolved that it will happen when it will and that my focus should be more on doing work I can be proud of. It has served me quite well, because here I am, loving the very project I am working on, along with a dynamic and highly supportive cast, at a prestigious theater. Knowing that my commitment to the quality of the work has brought me this far, I can only be ready to embrace what is next to come. Until soon...
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Donnell E. Smith