beyond textbooks

We, as a family, attended some short plays tonight. Because my husband had directed one of them, we stayed after for the talkback session, where the writers and directors sit up on stage and answer audience questions. It was during a quiet moment when the producer asked the audience if anyone had been inspired during the production. Some people gave some decent answers about how one play or another had made them think about the Creation, or about relationships.

And then a handsome young man, who happened to be sitting right near my #3, gave a beautiful speech, in broken English, about coming to hear these "beautiful stories" as a way of learning this language. "Much better than words and numbers in a textbook," he said. They spoke to his soul and helped him to feel more a part of his life here. "Thank you. Thank you.".

And then I cried a little.


13 comments

Dona | September 28, 2010 at 1:35 AM

Which theater were you in? The Nelke? Margetts? one I don't know anything about because BYU has changed a lot in the 23 years since I graduated?

I loved this post. May I have your permission to quote part of it for my Storytelling class? We are supposed to keep a journal for a week about the stories that are all around us. This is so perfect. I'll cite you....PLEASE. (It's okay if you say no.)

I understand the crying a little part. It seems like I am crying a little a lot these days. (More Holiness give me at women's conference...Oh my gosh!!! Maybe it was just me.)

Ca88andra | September 28, 2010 at 1:52 AM

That is a fabulous story and really makes the whole process worthwhile. Just goes to show that theatre is valuable in so many ways!

Charlotte | September 28, 2010 at 6:03 AM

That is very touching. I bet you weren't the only one to cry a little!

Kristina P. | September 28, 2010 at 9:31 AM

What a touching experience. Art speaks to people in different ways.

Rachel Cotterill | September 28, 2010 at 2:16 PM

I had no idea your husband directed plays. Great stuff :)

Amber | September 28, 2010 at 8:09 PM

I find myself crying more during plays than movies. The drama is so much more real and vivid. I can relate to that young man.

Terresa | September 28, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Oh, I cry all the time, too. And would've, if I'd been there, cried, alongside you.

:)

Jenny | September 29, 2010 at 6:36 AM

I cry all the time, I even try to stop my self from crying by biting my lip.

Dedee | September 29, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Awesome! I love that this was more real to him. I hope to remember this.

wendy | September 29, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Things are felt so much more deeply in person then out of a textbook or whatever.
It's like even General Conference....you can read the talks in the Ensign (Like I have to) but being there is a whole different deeper experience.

we feed off of each other

Connie | September 29, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Very cool. How nice that he felt brave enough to express his feelings so others could feel his spirit.

Kimberly | September 30, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Oh how beautiful! I bet the people involved in the production were touched to the core!

Heather | September 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Cool. Theater is very moving.