Sunday, April 10, 2011

Proud Mama

Like most mothers, I am always proud of my children.

Last night was one of those moments when my pride knows no bounds.

My son, Joe, presented a reading from his full length play, "Zombie Contingency Plans", a stage adaptation of a short story by Kelly Link of the same name.  No, no Zombies, just some very disturbing, yet humorous, humans.  A few of Joe's friends, actors all, did the reading in front of an audience of family, friends, collegues, professors and students.  The laughter and the applause were music to my soul.

Joe was introduced, with glowing praise, by his professor, Steve Feffer.  Now, this man is an expert in his field, published and produced, an acknowledged work-a-holic and his opinion of my son's work was, for me, vindication that Joe not only choose his field well, but that his contributions may one day be significant.  Even to people who are NOT his mother.

Joe will participate in the 'New Play Project' this summer and then graduate with his MFA in June.  Steve and I both agree that Joe needs to continue on and pursue his Phd. in Playwriting.  Joe is a little less enthusiastic - he has been in school for mearly his entire life.  He'd like a break -- and a job. 

No matter what he chooses to do, and I'm sure it will surprise us all in wonderful ways, for me, last night was one of those highlights I will always treasure.