the inspiration for ripe - an open letter to the audience
9/11 happened. A year later, my dear friend Judy Toll passed away, having lost her nearly five year long battle with cancer. A month after that, I separated from my husband of fourteen years.
For me, all of these losses were connected. It was as if the universe had shined a huge magnifying glass on the preciousness and fleeting nature of life itself. A blazing reminder of how little time I really did have. On how gorgeous the life I do have is, and how the time to celebrate that life is right now.
ripe was born out of that realization. It has been brewing in me, on some level, since that time. In the face of great loss, I had an opportunity to begin my life again and rebuild. To reinvent. And I did.
This play tells that story.
It is my sincere hope that this play can serve as a wake up call for all that see it - a reminder to embrace our own magnificent and precious lives.
I can't wait to see you in the theatre.