Thursday, September 06, 2012
Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World by Yussef El Guindi
American Theatre Magazine has been posting astonishing plays lately and I just finished reading "Pilgrims Musa..." over the weekend. Again I only meant to skim the piece and again I was drawn in. Mr. Guindi manages to capture and speak to all of us when his character, Abdallah, says, "The everyday pilgrimage you make when you open your mouth to a stranger and hope to God you are understood." How many of us have felt this way each and every day. Everytime I audition or make a submission or try to talk to another member of the Moms Club. Every day. Later the same character says, "The way you have to open up and travel to the place someone is coming from." How many of us resist doing this? How many times have I judged ahead of time. The world continues to surprise me. As hard as it is to be my age and continue performing, writing and so on. Even thinking. Sometimes I feel judged for that. But here I am admonished from the pages of this play, to continue to grow and continue my quest for a theatre that will be all inclusive, environmentally sound, promoting the rights and the literature of women. This kind of work forces a person to be more, to stand up for what you believe in. Thoughts for the day!