Suspend Your Disbelief

by Dahveed Bullis

Welcome Back to Live Theatre!

Hello Dear Readers!

This week I feel the need to reflect on a recent experience of live theatre, so.. it looks like the books will simply have to wait.

Over the last few weekends Scott and I had the chance to take in two Shakespeare shows in Spokane. Twelfth Night, put on by Spokane Ensemble Theatre, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, put on by Spokane Shakespeare Society. Many things rushed in my mind as we took in these shows. I’m so proud of the troupes that poured their hearts into these productions, and am so grateful to have been a part of the long awaited return of the boards being cut.

From the first belly laughs of the audience, there was something that was very clear. I wasn’t the only one who desperately missed this. Huge smiles painted the people around me as I watched folks connect with each other in what had felt like so long without. For the brief moments of the shows, I had forgotten something. I had forgotten that the Pandemic stole this from us. I had gotten lost in the moment.

I had suspended my disbelief.

Not only was I buried in the beautiful writing of Shakespeare, but I was also knee deep in the beautiful reality of a Community that supports each other. We looked right in the eyes of our dear theatre goers and smiled as we said, “It’s so good to see you!” It’s this connection of Community that we at SPL exist to serve.

The last few weekends we found each other again. The theatre goers and doers all wrapped together to view theatre in an outside setting. It got me thinking about how thrilling it is that in just a few months, SPL will do the same for our local Playwrights and a new branch of this incredibly supportive Community will begin.

I could not be more thrilled.

Thank you for reading my ramblings.


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