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Bucket Life

Turn your bucket list into a Bucket Life!

Please, Take my Seat


Sometimes you have to give up your place in line to go forward
Sometimes stepping back allows you to go further, faster
Privilege is the first stepping stone to disdain
The first stepping stone to condemnation
To passing judgement
Having more makes us believe that we Deserve to have more
That we are somehow Better than others. And when we Deserve to be Better, we naturally look down on those without
We all have places in our lives where we feel privileged. But we don't have to fall into that trap. We can be grateful for every little bit of help we get
And be prepared to share that privilege with others
Giving up your seat to someone who needs it more than you
will fill your soul
Giving up your place in line to someone in a hurry
will make you glow inside
Giving up your advantage
will make you feel like you earned your rewards
Earned, not Deserved
My personal journey along this path:
Many of you know my fascination/obsession with Shakespeare. (Acted as Richard III, Jaques, Anthony, Demetrius, Lysander, and so many others. Directed Midsummer Night's Dream. And I celebrate April 23rd every year)
You can blame two incredible influences for that insanity.  The late, great Doctor James Ayres (Shakespeare at Winedale)
And this limey bastard...
Colin Cox
He taught me to love the word bastard.  He was my mentor, my guide and teacher.  As the Artistic Director of the Will and Company, he taught me most of what I know today about the Will.  His plays, his life, his influences
We traveled the burrows of LA performing Shakespeare for schools, from kindergartens to colleges.  One hour, in and out.  Set up the stage, determine entrances ("Ok, Art will enter thru the cafeteria door, Greyson hide behind these flags until your cue,  Ready, break!"), 45 min version of Hamlet, a little Q and A, and we were gone.  Modern day gypsies trading for cheers and smiles
Colin brought me into South Central 3 days after the LA Rodney King riots.  We performed the Three Musketeers (Aramis, if you must know) for black, 8 year old kiddos who were wondering if white people were evil.  Unsettling, uncomfortable, unnerving.  And one of the best experiences of my life
The kids loved it.  They cheered us, we hugged them.  Maybe, just maybe, my small part may have had an effect on the world that day
Without Colin as my leader, I don't think I would've had the guts to even make the attempt
So I raise my glass to a man who has performed 1000's of shows for decades across LA and the nation
Focusing on celebrating minorities, the disadvantaged, the non-white non-male populace
Much respect to my favorite Limey bastard,... Colin Cox
Sometimes giving up your place in line is the most wonderfully selfish thing you can do
If you ever get a chance, you must see any and all performances of his troupe, Will and Company.  Trust me, you'll love it.  You can thank my later
My old friend JC Shakespeare has some inspiring thoughts on the matter
What are you willing to give up to lighten someone else's load?  Please tell me below!
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