I am in the throes of Birthday Season (it extends one week before and after the actual birthday) and the performance gifts keep coming in.
Last night on my birthday, exactly 12 years after I first premiered Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House, I performed my newest play, Does This Apocalypse Make Me Look Fat? for the theater department at Colorado Mesa University.
Today I awoke and waiting in my inbox was not only an iTunes gift card for Bjork’s newest album (lush & stirring) but also an invitation to return to the Greenbelt festival in England at the end of August. This is one of two of the most creative communities that form for just a few days every year but have such a huge impact on people’s lives.
This is one of my favorite places on the planet to perform because I so often encounter the perfect audience for my work. The mix of faith, queer sensibilities and sensitivities, quirky ways of looking at the world, dry (and not so dry) humor, historical references–none of it is lost on a Greenbelt audience. (I write about Greenbelt here and here.) Check out my 2012 TED-style talk I did for Greenbelt in collaboration with my friend and fellow artist, Carey Gibson.)
BUT before I tottle off to England, I first head up to New England for another creative faith community that changes lives. I will attend the annual gathering of Quakers where I will serve as the Bible Half Hour presenter. While Quakers don’t seem to read their Bible’s a lot (at least among the more liberal unprogrammed silent Quakers I know) there is always a lot of interest in the Bible Half Hour presentations. PLUS, this is where all my Quaker people are from when I first became a Friend, so it will be a lovely reunion.