Tonight was the 4th performance of the Vagina Monologues at the West End Theater in Gloucester, MA. This is the second time I have been in the cast of this amazing work. Both times they have required me to stretch. Both times have been the catalyst for growth. That, I am beginning to realize is what happens when I push myself out of the comfort zone. One minute I have a hard time imagining myself doing something with confidence and ease and the next moment I can't conjure up why I ever could have doubted my abilities. Truthfully there is occasional back sliding, but on the other side always dwells an expanded self.
The other benefit it the amazing cast members I met. They represented all levels of acting experience, a variety of ages and professions yet with all that mix there was a wonderful camaraderie. As with the last group, I know I will always feel a special closeness to the woman with whom I shared this time.
So if you ever are presented with the opportunity to be a part of local theater, jump at it! The rewards are unique and lasting.