When everything in your life and world disappears, what can you count on?
The last few years have been some of the most difficult and transformative of my life. I simply had too much to deal with and sometimes couldn’t imagine what to say. I got pregnant. Lost a baby. My marriage ended. I moved. I moved some more. I lived on the road for over a year and a half with a small suitcase. I hit someone. My car got broken into. I became a Fellow at University of Toronto’s Sexual Diversity Studies Program and told a story on CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera. I drove to the place where I’d had my happiest moment the year before: New Orleans. I gave a keynote and did stand up in Australia. I drove through a white out snowstorm in the spring in Arizona. I threw my wedding rings in the fire at Burning Man. I carried other peoples keys. i drove across the country again. I looked and looked and looked for a place to sleep and a home. I fell in love. Everything I knew about life and reality changed. In short, its been the kind of years that I need to write a play about. So I’m writing and performing my way to a new one about fluidity and resilience and what is ridiculous about all of it. What can we count on? Everything we know about the world around us in the west is changing quickly. Structures are falling apart. Something new is being born. Like Detroit, I’m an early adopter.
Here’s a little video taste of me talking about it in 4 minutes at Doug Rushkoff’s ContactCon.
What is Home?
Other People’s Keys
Portland – Living Room Workshop w pie, May 2011
Portland – Living Room Workshop w pie, Oct 2012
Litquake – Other People’s Keys, Mill Valley Library, Oct 2012
Porchlight – I Surrender, San Francisco, May 2012
Upcoming Live Workshops:
San Francisco, Stage Werx, Solo Sundays, May 26th
Host a living room show: request an EISTC workshop in your town you can get at least 10 friends together. If I’m not already scheduled to be in your town, you will need more friends there to back the travel. Baking something is always a good idea. Let me know on twitter.
Like the show page on Facebook to join the ongoing conversation about loss, living in flux, ritual and our economy and culture losing many of its institutions. Hilarious, right? What did you see ourself or our world lose int he last few years? Tell me.