And my writing? Guys. Get ready.
I'll be the lead playwright for the #YesAllWomen TMA 536 project at BYU. !!!! The performances are next March and we have auditions tomorrow and Friday with call backs on Saturday night. We had our first production meeting last Friday and it was pretty phenomenal. For those who don't know or aren't quite familiar, #yesallwomen became a Twitter hashtag and social media campaign after the Isla Vista shootings in May 2014. A male college student posted threatening and disturbing videos on YouTube of his "manifestos," detailing how he intended to rule and kill women and everyone they loved. It all lead to him shooting six other people near a campus and then killing himself. What emerged out of that were men taking to Twitter, using #notallmen to counteract this horrible act of violence. Combating that, the hashtag #yesallwomen came about, saying all women, in one form or another, has experienced or will experience sexual harassment/assault/abuse/inequality in her lifetime.
We want to further the conversation and create action--perhaps even spark change--or spark several small changes within our community. We'll also focus on the #yesevenmormenwomen hashtag that came about in response to the initial #yesallwomen grand statement. Literal chills on my arms right now.
My last bit of exciting news: I'm writing the book for a new musical which may end up being the Spring Pardoe 2016 show at BYU! I've never written a musical before. Whoa, but I love it! We're still in the beginning stages and we'll probably be workshopping it as a part of WDA in Fall 2015 with George Nelson. But what we have so far...it's breathtaking. I'll hold off for now going deeper into the plot and synopsis, but know we're passionate about this project. The lyricist and composer is an MDT student at BYU, Kira Stone. She's SO talented and the songs she's written...I can't wait. I just can't.
Grad school applications are just around the corner (!!!) and I'll keep you update on my progress in the coming weeks. Of course, I'm doing all of this while also working 37 hours at my desk job every week as an associate supervisor. Waking up at either 5:30am or 6:30am almost everyday and not going to sleep until 10:30pm or 11pm. Rinse and repeat. Ugh. I wouldn't be able to do it without my husband, work friends, theatre friends, and my family's encouragement. I've realized the importance of bubble baths and Sodalicious as of late. Currently sipping on a Southern Gentleman, extra dirty (Dr. Pepper, peach, vanilla and half and half). So good.