On Tuesday night, one of my childhood dreams came true. I performed side by side with professional actors in a theater on 50th and Broadway in New York City.
But that was not the most exciting part of the night.
The best part was the satisfaction of a return on my investment. I had put hours into organizing the 85 Broads event which accompanied Anna's play--I had invested my time, and was repaid in triplicate with the laughter and praise from our members who came to see the reading. I was able to enjoy the incredible energy that the actors brought to rehearsal and the performance. Anna and I have become good friends. These were all great returns.
But most importantly, my investment matured and brought me a sense of purpose, a restored hope that change is possible, and the pride in knowing that I was going to be a part of it. Women are looking for public AND private autonomy--this is a play which illustrates the link between the two, and suggests that if women embrace themselves as independent and desiring bodies who can still be mothers, then our culture as a whole will be forced to grant women avenues for their desires and ambitions outside of the home.
For those of you who attended the reading of Anna Fishbeyn's Sex in Mommyville on Tuesday night, you know what I'm talking about. Her play articulates many of the suspicions about the source of gender inequality and insists that women can take control of their lives--in the bedroom and beyond. I am putting everything I have into Anna's play because I truly believe that she is an alchemist brewing the elixir of change, a potion which goes down easy with sweet humor but will someday cure our society of its assumptions about women's creativity, sexuality, and power.
Janet Hanson has written eloquently about how we should invest in what we love. Let me reiterate that you should also invest in the messages and causes that you love. Although I can give Anna's play only my time, I have been sleeping a little easier at night, knowing that I am finally involved in something that can change the world.
I think every woman in that room felt the fire in her belly stir again while watching Sex in Mommyville. I think we all knew that we were watching the beginning of a revolution.
For information about Sex in Mommyville, so that you can see why I am SO stoked that this play exists, and so you might see ways that you can invest what you have (time, funds, support), please visit www.sexinmommyville.com