New American Plays In Chicago

I am excited to learn that two selections for the 41st Humana Festival of New American Plays will be produced in Chicago soon.

One is We’re Gonna Be Okay by Basil Kreimendahl at American Theater Company from 25 January to 04 March 2018. The other is Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler at Northlight Theatre from 10 May to 17 June 2018.

I’m still awaiting my favorite 41st Festival play — Airness by Chelsea Marcantel — which was one of my most joy-filled evenings in a theater. This play apparently appealed to others, so perhaps I will see it again in Chicago soon.

To Vacay Or Not To Vacay

More than half of Americans (54%), according to Project: Time Off, ended 2016 with unused vacation time although that was slightly less than those (55%) who did the previous year. Americans had 662 unused vacation days in 2016, which represents $66.4 billion in benefits, or an average $604 work time donation to employers.

Some won’t vacation because they are apprehensive about their employment. However, those who take 11 or more vacation days, as reported in the Harvard Business Review, are 30% more likely to receive raises and be promoted. Continue reading “To Vacay Or Not To Vacay”

Laing On Loneliness

I don’t believe the cure for loneliness is meeting someone, not necessarily. I think it’s about two things: learning how to befriend yourself and understanding that many of the things that seem to afflict us as individuals are in fact a result of larger forces of stigma and exclusion, which can and should be resisted.

Loneliness is personal, and it is also political. Loneliness is collective; it is a city. As to how to inhabit it, there are no rules and nor is there any need to feel shame, only to remember that the pursuit of individual happiness does not trump or excuse our obligations to each another. We are in this together, this accumulation of scars, this world of objects, this physical and temporary heaven that so often takes on the countenance of hell. What matters is kindness; what matters is solidarity. What matters is staying alert, staying open, because if we know anything from what has gone before us, it is that the time for feeling will not last. (Laing 2016, 281)

Laing, Olivia. 2016. The Lonely City: Adventures In The Art Of Being Alone. New York: Picador.