This has been a year for making new friends, and I’m so very glad for all of them. I want to share them with you. These are lovely people.
First, there is David Loehr. Visionary behind 2am Theatre, he invited me into his solar system, and the rewards of his friendship have been tremendous. Also: he makes me laugh.
Right behind him, of course, is Travis Bedard. A great foil for my thinking and a loyal friend besides. Oh, and… he makes me laugh pretty darn good, too.
My list of potential collaborators grew by at least one with the introduction of Kate Powers. A fine friend with a good heart and a sharp mind, she’s a regular source of inspiration.
My list of actual collaborators grew by one when I met Bora “Max” Koknar. A dear man and a daring artist with a big vision, I’ve loved getting to know him.
My list of fellow playwrights grew by at least one with my new connection to Mariah MacCarthy. I love how supportive we’ve been of each other’s work—I feel less alone in the world.
Along those same lines, I’ve spent a significant amount of time chatting this year with Jax Steager, who always has my back, demands the best of me in conversation, and knows a thing or two besides.
In fact, on that same front, I can’t tell you how important it’s been to connect with Dave Charest, Kate Foy, Ann Sachs, Aaron Andersen, Howard Sherman, Andie Arthur, Michael Eddy, and several others I’m undoubtedly forgetting.
What do all those folks have in common? I met them all on Twitter. In many cases, I’ve yet to meet any of them in person. In fact, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of putting a face to only five of the baker’s dozen names I’ve just listed; another I’ve spoken with on the telephone. And while I’d love to see them all—hope to, in fact, in the coming year—it’s fine that I haven’t yet.
You may want to dismiss Twitter, but the fact that it has connected me with so many fine people who genuinely feel a part of my creative life says something to me about the power of it. Like every technology, it has its limitations… and its appropriate place in one’s life. Right now, however, I just feel very thankful for it, and for these new friends, so I wanted to share.