After the October 4New Writers Now! – Outside In staged reading, the audience got a chance to put in their two cents. We asked them to write a letter to a character in one of the plays, invited them to share the letters out loud, then gave those letters to the playwrights. We heard funny, witty, and adorable letters read aloud. Here is a sample…..feel free to respond below with your own letters to Block Man, Moon Man, Timmy the Turtle, or other inspiring characters from YPT plays!
Dear Block Man,
Your courage in the face of harassment was inspiring. I’m a firm believer that no matter what your size you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to. You are a shining example of that. Thank you for reminding me to keep my head up and keep going because in the end it’ll all work out okay.
I loved when you said that the gate was so shiny. It was great.
Dear Mr. Block Man,
I too have felt like an outsider many times in my life. Overcoming prejudices is something you should be proud of. Instead of lashing out or creating more anger in the world, you were able to create peace and help others during your time of need. More people should follow in your footsteps and bring love and joy to the world as opposed to hate.
All the best,
Dear Block Man,
I was most struck by your experience as an outsider—you represented such a simple form, a shape, that in its 4-sides represented so much inequality in the world we live in (not to sound overly dramatic—but its true).
Your daily experiences represented to me, not any specific forms of racism or prejudices but rather how people in the city tend to treat each other (in lesser extremes, or course).
Often, we don’t offer each other help, to catch the bus, buy a sandwich, find the right train- because we are too self-focused on our own days and tasks at hand. It would be great to remember that at times we all feel like blocks, and would do better to think outside the box (or block?) and help each other out.
I understand your hesitation in accepting the blockman into your neighborhood. His form is unfamiliar and strange and unlike your own, though, when you think about it, your love of a feline could also be said to be a bit strange. Four-legged, furry, and rough-tongued, she is also so unlike you in form and mind. But I hope that realizing the non-uniformity, the heterogeneous and often bizarre nature of love will lead you to the acceptance of your perfectly wonderful neighbor, Blockman.
We can’t wait to see you all at the next YPT performance!
Community Engagement Associate