Last week I attended a performance at Stage 773 in Chicago. One of my pals from my Columbia College Theater Department days was in the lineup of Solo Performers putting up a show, and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Her work was brilliantly written, intelligent, bold and funny, as always. It reminded me how much I used to love collaborating with her and working the very unique form of Solo Performance. What is Solo Performance? It isn’t stand-up, and it isn’t story-telling. It’s something in-between, and it’s always honest. It’s written in the first person, and is always based on real-life experiences of the performer. When it’s done well, it’s one of the most satisfying experiences a theater-goer can have.
I’ve been working on a book about my years as a Colon Therapist for a few months now. Since attending the performance last week, I’ve begun writing a few tales in Solo-style and my little artist self is brimming with enthusiasm again!! My whole positive attitude about life has notched up considerably since returning to the art form I love! My physical energy is up, the ache I’d been feeling in my neck vanished, and an old friend of mine I hadn’t seen in awhile told me I am radiant! Never underestimate the power of creativity to keep energy moving in your body and in your life!! What do YOU love to create? Make a mess with some paints, write a love-letter or a poem – perhaps to yourself!. Bake a pie, sing in the shower, sign up for that guitar lesson….whatever it is that your inner artist loves, give it! Summer camp for grown-ups in your own living room! Try it, and watch how much better you’ll feel.
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