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Lauren Gunderson asked...

"Why do you love theater?"

I could give a lot of different answers that would vary day-to-day, but here is what I said this week via Instagram:

Theater connects me to others around me and the great human drama that has unfolded since we began. It celebrates our greatest strengths, questions our habitual weaknesses, and dignifies our difficult choices, yielding truth if not clarity, offering solace if not joy. It reminds me I am not alone nor so unique in my sorrow or my triumph, and that as a social creature, if I can share it, I can shoulder it.

And while it me a bit self-conscious that my handle and content makes it seem like Ms. G was replying to my dogs, this small reply makes this social creature feel connected:

So let me pay it forward: why do YOU love theater? Tell me about it.

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