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TODAY's QUOTESteve is, and I don't say this lightly, a hero to me. He knows who he is inside and out, he's a fighter for life itself, his pursuit of God is real, and his art is life and life is art. To take the most painful aspects of your life and weave them together into a production that changes the lives of those who experience it -- what an act of redemption. I say all these things while still maintaining that homosexuality falls short of God's best... but lately it seems like God continues to speak through the "foolish" in order to shame the "wise." I am thankful to Steve for better acquainting me with the wisdom of foolishness.
~ someone who attended a production of The Last Session
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8 March 2004
I dont know who reads this journal. I know many of you, but I dont know all of you, obviously. So Im hoping that there is somebody out there in Chicago.
Were making our first trip to Chicago later this month. Actually, it wont be our first time in Chicago, but I dont call OHare Airport "Chicago." Ive passed through OHare countless times, but never left the airport. This time I will actually leave the airport.
Were only going for a long weekend at the end of this month. The trip was originally planned with my work schedule (having Fridays off) in mind, but now that Im no longer working, its too late to change the flight plans and go earlier, to allow myself more time to explore the city.
The purpose of the trip is Steve.
Why else do I fly around the world to places Id never go otherwise?
(Well, occasionally for Peggy, but 99% of the time for Steve).
Steve and Jimmy are bringing The Big Voice: God or Merman to Theatre Building Chicago and even though my song is no longer part of the show, I still want to take the opportunity to see it, and use the show as my excuse to see Chicago.
But Im worried about TBV in Chicago. There is nobody in Steves "clique" from Chicago. He has no connections there. And theyre afraid that the show will fall flat because they dont have any ready-made publicity connections to get the ball rolling. Once people see the show word of mouth sells it, but if nobody knows it's there, or nobody is intrigued enough to come the first couple of weeks of a 3-week run, it could be disappointing.
So--if there is anybody out there in Chicago who can point me in the direction of some nice gay organizations, church groups, appropriate radio programs, or whatever, let me know. Anybody with a sister, cousin, or aunt in Chicago?
The thing is that Steve is very versatile! In his tours around the country he has been invited to speak at lots of places and he has a variety of topics on which he holds peoples attentions. He talks about being gay in a way that even fundamentalists love him...
(all quotes from Steve's Journal)
He teaches kids about AIDS without ever talking about sex (he just lets them know what its like to live with AIDS). He talks with medical groups and hospice groups from the point of view of a terminally ill patient and what a difference the personal touch makes. He talks with university theatre classes about how an unknown guy can write his first musical and see it produced in New York in only 14 months.
Hes delightful to listen to--and Jimmy is a natural raconteur, who is hired by cruise ships to give programs talking about Hollywood and Broadway. (Jimmy was a friend of Lucille Ball in her last year and wrote a book ("Lucy in the Afternoon") about their conversations during their daily backgammon games)
So these guys are naturals to be invited anywhere to talk to just about anybody about almost anything and yet theyre worried that nobody will come to see the show (well, except for me, of course!).
An added bonus, and one Im kicking myself for not being able to take advantage of, is that in conjunction with the regular run of The Big Voice, on March 24 there will also be a staged reading of their award-winning The Last Session, the show which has changed many peoples lives, including mine. When I made the reservations for the trip, I didn't realize that I would have the entire week free, not just Friday.
So Im looking for some good ol Chicago folks who are intrigued and would like to invite Steve to come sing at their church, or give a talk to their kids high school class, or visit their university campus, or talk to their fellow hospice workers, or attend their medical staff meeting.
Or just come to see the show!! (Walt and I will be there March 26 and 27)
I used to do good publicity for Steve and it would be nice to do it again. Id love to be relieved to learn that it was fortunate that I bought our tickets for the show early because its in danger of selling out.
Anybody know Oprah?
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