My fellow company members may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything about the Kickstarter we’re running for our move to Franklin Street. In these days of social-media blitzkrieg, I know that the volume of Twitter chatter on around your cause of choice can make a funding campaign.
But so can saying something profound.
I’ve held back so that I could mull things over a bit and get the words just right. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
Performing comedy is literally saving my life. No joke.
I don’t think it’s a secret that I struggle with a collection of neurological symptoms that my doctor likes to call “goofy brain” syndrome. Unless you have a PhD or MD, I assure you the details aren’t all that interesting. I don’t like talking about them anyway. Just know that I wouldn’t wish my nervous system upon my worst enemy.
There have been times when I have been profoundly sad about my body/mind not functioning the way its supposed to. My internal heckler takes hold and after listening to it yap on and on about my inadequacies, all I want to do is lie in bed and give up. I’ve found some medical ways to cope with these issues. But I’ve found that medicine can only do so much.
For almost a year, it’s been DSI that has helped me keep going when the pills can’t. At the theater, I feel like my “goofy brain” doesn’t stick out so much. It’s a space where it’s fine for me to be my weird n’quirky self. It’s one of the few communities where I, ironically, don’t feel like I have to put on an act.
DSI is motivation for to keep pushing myself out of bed even when my wonky wiring is misfiring. DSI is a unique community where laughter and positivity is celebrated. DSI gives me an instant network of friends to cheer me on. DSI is a family that has picked me up when I fell down. DSI has reignited my fire.
DSI is LOVE.
There really is no way I can measure the amount of awesome that DSI has given me. I can’t really put a dollar amount on it either. But I will because the theater is making a bold move to Franklin Street. I’m donating $500 to the DSI Kickstarter. That money will go towards purchasing tuition for two classes. In the tradition of making DSI financially accessible, I will be giving those two classes out to individuals who can’t afford to pay on their own.
Folks, I want you to think long and hard about what a theater means, not just to its performers, but to its community. DSI is an extraordinary asset to Chapel Hill. In most other communities you would have to drive very far to find a form of entertainment that is as unique and affordable as DSI Comedy. Dig deep. Find the change under the couch cushions. Chip in some extra money to buy tickets for friends. Heck, sponsor a camp tuition for a kid whose parents can’t afford to pay.
Even if you get just one High Five, you will make a difference for a theater that has brought so many people joy. Myself included.
That’s my DSI story. What’s yours?
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