It was beautiful.
My grandma was in the front row, which, you know, means a party.
I just kept thinking "I'm such a lucky girl."
And "these guys rule."
And "Dan would be so effing happy right now."
Rubber Ducks and Sunsets was initially commissioned by GUP founding member, Dan Wheeless. It involved a lot of talks in Washington Square Park. Dan and I regularly said "f*ck you" and "I love you" within the same paragraph. Everything I've done professionally, or even in college, in some way, can be traced back to a moment of his generosity.
Dan died on May 3rd. It was my birthday.
Dan already had a number of similarities to Al (one of my characters who dies before RDAS begins) but he has been an integral part of the process. We have come together as an artistic community and worked through these months on this project. In all honesty, I thought we were crazy (we might be) but it has been the best possible thing for us.
Ducks was Dan's. Well, in part. We are doing it for us. We're doing it because it's a good play. But we're also doing it for him.
So, congrats, Dan. Thank you.
I am an optimist.