On Monday, I received an email and the caption read, VOICES - they were heard!
The formerly homeless Yale law school graduate battling low self- esteem and involved with a married man; the emancipated foster young adult, thrown away as a child, but striving to be a successful writer in Hollywood; the battered woman seeking shelter from her husband; the physically disabled homeless lady wanting, only, to stand; the intellectually challenged determined to soar; the broken hearted entertainer, swindled by her producer boyfriend, but refusing to give up and; the cool dyslexic business woman carving her own path to success.
At the Barnsdall on Saturday, their messages of faith, of believing against all odds, reverberated off the theater walls! Afterwards the comment used most to describe BELIEVE was "very moving!" which is exactly what I want to achieve.
We will be back for a longer run. The voices will speak again and inspire others to understand that they are only one phrase away from victory! That all they must do is BELIEVE! The play's name is changing to BELIEVE to reflect the positive purpose of the piece. If you didn't make it on Saturday, we hope you will come when we return. We will not give up on you.
Each time we return, BELIEVE will be slightly different. New characters with different challenges. Sort of like the super bowl BELIEVE I, BELIEVE II. You get where I'm going. I've been approached by a renowned producer/director and I BELIEVE that we will be around for a very long time. I asked the cast to do three things: To Not Act (haha), to think about the hurting person in the theater, and to have fun.
There was magic in the air on Saturday. Lots of it was created by the wonderful vibes of the cast and crew, which is great because I understand that everything starts within. At curtain call, we were buzzing around, chattering loudly!. My creative family is angelic and diverse --a UN Nations rainbow coalition. And I'm so grateful for each of them.
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For those of you who came on Saturday, who emailed me, who commented on facebook, or who sent a donation, your kindness will never be forgotten. Thank you for believing in me, in Sisters, in our ability to make an Indelible Impact with BELIEVE!
(The organization's name change is also still happening.)
For all others, thank you for staying on the journey with us and for continuing to receive these emails.
I also hope to hear from you soon. Don't be surprised if you get a call from me.
Because I BELIEVE! LOL.
P.S. I look forward to sharing pictures and a video clip soon.
On average, 84,000 people in Los Angeles County on any given night, and more than 236,000 are homeless at some point during the course of a single year. This means that approximately one person in 100 in Los Angeles County goes to sleep without a home every night. Stated another way, if consolidated in one community, those 84,000 would comprise the 17th largest municipality in Los Angeles County.
Currently, there are 56,138 children in foster care in California with 13,394 children waiting for adoptive families.
more than 300,000 children live with a relative or friend because their parents are unable or unwilling to care for them
It is estimated that nearly one half of foster children have learning disabilities or developmental delays.
More than 2 million children in California - 1 in 5 California children - are poor. The burden of poverty falls disproportionately on minority children, with 1 in 3 Black and Latino children in California living in poverty. Poverty is particularly devastating for children and their health, emotional and intellectual development and academic success.
More than 38% of Los Angeles County's population live in "economic hardship" while 17.5% (or approximately 1.56 million people) live under the federal poverty limit ($23,021 annually for a family of four.)
Approximately 54 million people in the United States are living with a disability,1 and the total costs associated with disability among persons of all ages were estimated in 1997 to be over $300 billion - upward of 5 percent of the gross domestic product. Nearly 20% (1.3 million) of adults in Los Angeles County reported having a disability.
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