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I recommend everyone to read Women who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes! Here’s a wonderful quote from her book that explains how I feel about being a woman in theatre… ‘I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories from your life-not someone else’s life. Water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. That is the work. The only work’.

It is an honor, a privilege to be a woman in the Theatre, of the Theatre. I love the Theatre. I especially love the Musical Theatre. I love being part of a team of collaborators who work together to create special magic for each and every audience. It is always a thrill! There is nothing quite like it. In particular, there is nothing like a Broadway Opening Night! Nothing.

It’s been strange to be away from live performance for over a year. Really strange. And in some ways it’s been a blessing, a kind of gift of time of quiet and contemplation. The pressure of needing to know the next gig, the pressure of staying up on everything has taken a hiatus for now. And, accordingly, I have had the time to feel so much love for all of my colleagues in every aspect of the Theatre.

I have also spent time consciously letting go of slights and pettiness I have felt from some of the men, entrenched in patriarchal entitlement, that I’ve encountered in the years of my career. We’re all just doing the best we can, I guess.Thankfully, there are, also, many of the most wonderful, generous men in this business with whom I’ve worked and been blessed to know. I’ve been taught through the years to temper, to tone down my Texas brashness, to use more care with some of the extraordinarily sensitive egos of some of the men I have encountered in the work place. It’s a hard thing. Learning and finding acceptance for “The Way Things Are” to quote the mice from the film “Babe”, has been a difficult lesson for me. On any given day, I fantasize telling some dudes… How it has been and needs to be. But, oh, well…

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