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Monday, December 7, 2015

Opportunities for 'shared' experiences

“I think that theater is a unique way to communicate with people as they gather together with other people they may not even know. It creates a sense of shared community for the time of the performance that hopefully carries over into other aspects of the audience's life because they have shared this experience together.” – Pearl Cleage

While not a “writer’s moment” per se’, Pearl Cleage’s “thought for the day” seems apropos as we head into the time of year when people from all walks of life gather to enjoy the many holiday stories, plays and musicals that tell about the warmth and happiness of the season.

Twenty-five years ago I was cast as Nicholas in the wonderful musical “Here’s Love,” based on the heart-warming story “The Miracle on 34th Street.”  As I went onto the stage as “Santa,” for 15 December shows, it was truly a wonder to see how people – as Cleage so accurately states – “came together” in this shared experience.

Stories of the Christmas and holiday season never seem to grow old.  Most are poignant and delightful, and this time of year, perhaps more than any other, provides copious amounts of inspiration to spark a creative fire for everyone who enjoys the experience of being a writer.  So, happy holidays, happy Christmas, happy Hanukah, and happy writing.

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