Days of Green Honey Merci

5/16, Day 13,526: Green Shame
5/17, Day 13,527: A Video Poem for Sandy Hook
5/18, Day 13,528: Sans Fist, Merci Honey

 (Why am I naming days?) (And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?)

“…honey in the heart,
Green in the body, out of a petty phrase,
Out of a thing believed, a thing affirmed…”
-Wallace Stevens, The Well-Dressed Man With The Beard

5/16, Day 13,526: Green Shame
I’m not a big fan of shame as a motivating force, but while working on the TCG Conference I experienced the best kind of shame. Someone called me out on the absence of climate change as a priority in theatre, and after giving all the good reasons why it couldn’t be a priority right now, and several days of stewing over the shame I felt in being called out, I realized that I could simply make it a priority for me and begin there.

C02_TCP_social_media_image_97Along those lines, in the middle of a 14-hour day on Thursday, I came  across this image and info: “In the most comprehensive analysis to date, we analysed 21 years worth of peer-reviewed papers on “global warming” or “global climate change”. Among the 12,465 papers, we identified over 4,014 abstracts authored by 10,188 scientists that stated a position on human-caused global warming. Among those 4,014 abstracts, 97.1% endorse the consensus. Among the 10,188 scientists, 98.4% endorse the consensus.” As I wrote of Facebook then, “If you agree with the scientific consensus on climate change, please share this image & website. If you don’t agree, please visit the website with an open mind: http://www.theconsensusproject.com/

A little bit of shame can be a good thing if it leads to saving the only earth we’ll ever have.

5/17, Day 13,527: A Video Poem for Sandy Hook

Thanks to the amazing work of Jody Christopherson, Tine DiLucia, Rachael Hip-Flores and many others, my “A Poem for Sandy Hook” was turned into this moving video. Learn more about the Gun Control New Media Action here.

5/18, Day 13,528: Sans Fist, Merci Honey

Last night, we closed Sans Merci with a great performance to a sold out audience. Tonight, we say goodbye to Honey Fist, a play inspired in part by the life and death of my high school friend Justin Stewart. I share his obituary here because there is so little about him online:
Justin Stewart I have kept it on my writing desk since my mother first sent it to me in the mail. Though I changed many of the details of his life and passing, I hope some small part of his spirit is present in our final show today.

Now, the above should be plenty for the last 3 days, but What other small things did I do to help build the Honeycomb?

How beautiful, if sorrow had not made / Sorrow more Beautiful than Beauty’s self…

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