One Month In — Toni Morrison & The Unplugging

Hard to believe I’ve already been in the Twin Cities for a whole month! Where do I even begin? Jordan and I have had such a wonderful time exploring Minneapolis, visiting our first museums and bookstores in-person since the start of 2020 (shoutout to Birchbark Books and Magers & Quinn)! This is such a beautiful city and we’re continuing to make the most of these summer months.

I have been busily stage managing The Unplugging, an incredible post-apocalyptic play written and directed by Yvette Nolan. I’ve had such a wonderful time working with this lovely cast. I’m very happy to have a hand in New Native Theatre’s first in-person production since the pandemic began. It feels strange to be returning to live theater, but I’m glad that people are continuing to think up ways of bringing theater to the community in safe and responsible ways.

This month, I also finished a brand-new full length play that I’ve been working on for a couple months! It’s a project that I feel so strongly about and (fingers crossed) it’ll be coming to a stage near you sooner than later! In the meantime, the WNDB workshop is coming into its penultimate moon, which means I’ll be diving into some hardcore revisions…

Lastly, a few weeks ago I decided to begin reading all of Toni Morrison‘s novels in chronological order. Morrison is (no surprise) extremely inspirational to me. So far, I’ve made my way through Bluest Eye, Sula, and I’m about 2/3 through Song of Solomon. I’m using this not only as an opportunity to read these incredible texts, but also explore the many, many, many bookstores in the Twin Cities. I’ve already pulled some of my family to read along with me! So, if you feel compelled, feel free to read along as well! I’ll keep my own progress updated on my Instagram and Goodreads, and this resolution may become its own blog post in the future…

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