[title of blog]

the thoughts of a teenage girl

Be Still and Know December 15, 2008

WOOHOO! I just got back from my first play practice for the show I was just cast in, Be Still and Know, which is the world-premiere adaptation of Alex Sanchez’s novel, The God Box. For those of you unfamiliar with the novel, (which, as fate would have it, is the majority of the universe), it is the story of evangelical christian teens living in Abilene, Texas, dealing with their faith and homosexuality. I play Angie (the female lead, thank you, thank you!), who is the lead characters girlfriend, and I think that the timing of this show is impeccable. With the passing of Prop 8, I think that California needs a nice dose of humanity. The show does a beautiful job of defending homosexuality with the bible, the very thing most commonly used to condemn it, including Leviticus 18:22 (“Thou shalt not lie with a man as with a woman, it is an abomination”), to which Carlos (Manuel) Cordero, and openly gay, Christian teen in the play, responds, “The Bible also say that eating shellfish is an abomination… Does anyone who eats shrimp commit a lesser crime than homosexuality?”. The show is smart, and powerful, and will cause many people to reconsider their beliefs about homosexuality. 

In my nice little Sacred Heart high school, though in one of the most liberal places in the world, San Francisco, this show is causing a remarkable amount of controversy (which those of us in the show are LOVING… everyone speaking out against it is just igniting interest in it). Parents are protesting it, teachers are confused by it, and student are just avoiding the topic all together. This controversy has the sparked the interest of a filmmaker, who has decided to film a documentary about it.

Anyone in the California Bay Area who is interested in seeing it can just email me – shannonc@shschools.org, subject “Be Still and Know” and I will get back to you about ticket information.

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Where: home

Currently Reading: “Dead until Dark” by Charlaine Harris

Currently listening to: “Once & for All” by the Foo Fighters

Current Nail Polish Colour: Pink shimmer

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