On Stage

On Stage

“To put it bluntly: If it weren’t for theatre, I probably wouldn’t be here today.”

If my experience is any indicator at all, I believe that theatre truly can be – if not an outright cure – then certainly a very strong treatment to help someone get through depression.

I highly recommend it for anyone out there who is looking to get away from what may be the depressing aspects of their lives, and be able to – even if it’s just for a few periods of time, such as rehearsals or performances or, if you’re like me, a time alone to work on writing a script – escape into a new world or becomes someone new.

For me, there has been no better medicine than this. I can’t imagine that I’d still be here today if I had never discovered theatre as a teenager, and I’m very glad that I ultimately did.

Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell

“I have a firm belief in this now, not only in terms of my own experience, but in knowing the experiences of other people. When you follow your bliss, and by bliss I mean the deep sense of being in it, and doing what the push is out of your own existence—it may not be fun, but it’s your bliss and there’s bliss behind pain too.

“You follow that and doors will open where there were no doors before, where you would not have thought there’d be doors, and where there wouldn’t be a door for anybody else.

“. . . And so I think the best thing I can say is to follow your bliss. If your bliss is just your fun and your excitement, you’re on the wrong track. I mean, you need instruction. Know where your bliss is. And that involves coming down to a deep place in yourself.”

Joseph Campbell, “The Hero’s Journey” (copyright © 1990 Joseph Campbell Foundation)

Dear Dana: I’m A Single, Suburban Mom. Will I Ever Date Again? – Role Reboot

Dear Dana: I’m A Single, Suburban Mom. Will I Ever Date Again? – Role Reboot

If you haven’t read my friend Dana Norris, it’s never too late to join the Dic Pic Welcome Wagon. Or something:

Please, please, please know that your body shape does not determine whether or not you’re worthy of love. You are worthy of love. You’re worthy of finding a partner just as you are right now, not when you’re 20 or 25 or 30 pounds lighter. Right the actual fuck now.

Dear Dana is a bi-weekly advice column for humans who engage in romantic relationships. Please send your dilemmas, issues, conundrums, assumptions, conflicts, anxieties, worriments, obstacles, complications, predicaments, queries, questions, and any other synonyms for “problems” to deardana@rolerebo…