I was checking out #remarkablynormal on Twitter today when I saw it first.
Many thoughts and feelings flooded frontward but the biggest impression was that of surprise. Was I surprised we have haters? No, of course not. I was surprised it took them this long. I've been to the rallies and protests, I've witnessed the anti-choice in action. They are small but they are mobilized. So, when they finally get word of our play, and its wonderful title, I'm only left wondering why they are so late to the party.
I have been asked if I'm worried or scared about the protestors who will inevitably show up to our performances. The answer is honestly, no - not even in these violent times and this turbulent political climate. And that's not naïveté. Or an over-confidence. I just simply don't plan on interacting with them. There are back door entrances, extra security on the premises to stand between them and us and most of all, I'm not a known entity. They aren't looking for me.
I've also been asked, quite starkly, where I personally stand on the issue but truthfully my feelings and opinions are not part of my job as the Company and Tour Manager. If you know me, if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you've got a pretty good idea where I stand. And, obviously, I wouldn't be here if I was part of the 19%, but to answer the specific question of where does life begin well, like our play so deftly explores, it's complicated. And different for everyone.
"There are no good abortion or bad abortions, there are just abortions. And people need them," so says one of the characters in our play. And she's right. The issue will never exist in the black and white, right or wrong, heaven and hell. I wish the anti-choicers would deal in the gray, like our play does. Maybe then we could have a conversation.