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June 14, 2012

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Gwydion Suilebhan

Damn, this is good. Thanks, Isaac.

Diep Tran

When it stops being surprising that women can be funny, play video games or write a good human (not feminine) story, then maybe we all won't have to worry so much about diversity. But thanks for telling it like it is.

VW (SF Actor)

I've been thinking about this post for a week. it's fantastic. That moment where we recognize ourselves in others can be so profound. Two for me: the first is way geeky - it's in the opening # of Disney's Beauty and the Beast film where Belle is telling the sheep/goats about the book she's reading. I was 20, and I have brown hair, brown eyes, white skin, like that character, so maybe not super remarkable, but at the time, a seeing a book/story loving young woman depicted as a lead on screen moved me to tears. It had never happened to me before. The 2nd is a few weeks ago, seeing Dael Orlandersmith's Black and Blue Boys at Berkeley Rep - in the middle of this fierce and dark piece about physical and sexual abuse of boys and young men, one of the characters speaks about discovering the library and how that was his emotional salvation in the middle of his incredibly difficult life. This moment of finding a non-white, male with an incredibly different set of circumstances from mine still having that same profound connection to story was incredibly powerful. This is what theater can provide. This is what leads to empathy - someone as unlike me as I can imagine, both in appearance and circumstance, is still somehow incredibly like me. Wow. I'm still reeling.

Carissacordes

I love this post.

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