Posts tagged Lakshmi Bisram
POST: 'Caught' - Is it a play? Is it real? Is it an act?

By this point, I thought my brain was going to implode on itself because I was so confused-- I didn’t know what was happening, yet I did know what was happening, and I loved it but I also felt kind of like a deer in headlights. I'm really glad that I was actually supposed to be confused (I was starting to feel really young and uncultured). I was supposed to be questioning what I was actually seeing. Is it about art? Is it a play? Is it real? Is it an act? 

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POST: 'Liberty: A Monumental New Musical' - the need to have a place to call home

I was reminded that I've never felt like I belonged anywhere, just like many others who come from families that haven’t been in America for very long probably feel. It’s a small comfort to know that there have been others who felt this way for centuries, especially when they didn’t have much of a choice in coming to the U.S. But in the end, it’s not really a comfort to know that others have shared the same pain as I have. 

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POST: 'Stet' - what does it take to be heard?

It made me realize that victims of sexual assault might need more than an “I’m sorry this happened to you,” or an “I’m here for you,” and that saying “It’ll get better, easier,” sounds more like wishful thinking than a guarantee. They deserve justice, they deserve to know that they did nothing wrong, and above all, they deserve an end to rape culture. I think we all do.

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POST: 'Hamilton' - there is something about being represented

He's probably (or was) the least talked about of the founding fathers, but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical puts Alex in the spotlight. I remember learning about Alex in my AP U.S. History class-- from what I remember, he pretty much ran the country as Washington’s right-hand man and he was one of my favorite historical figures. But I never realized how much was left out of Alex’s story until I saw Hamilton.

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POST: 'Burial at Thebes' - I'm proud they stood up for themselves

Haemon, who was Creon’s son and Antigone’s fiance fought in defense of his bride-to-be. This was the scene that really resonated with me because Haemon stands up for Antigone. Although she has disobeyed the law, she has really done no harm. The argument between Haemon and Creon felt like it could have easily been an argument between me and my mother (although I really hope I’m never in a situation where my mom buries my fiance alive).

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POST: 'The Screwtape Letters' - an evil force trying to drag you down

I think being raised in the Western hemisphere has caused me to doubt the validity of my own religion because the Western world is dominated by Abrahamic religions. Because of this doubt, I identify as Hindu and agnostic. I can relate to what Lewis was trying to achieve, as I also face ridicule of my religion. In explaining the fact that one of my deities is, in fact, a cow, and that cows are sacred in my religion, someone had responded, “Okay, but do you realize how ridiculous that sounds?” I don’t know, probably just as ridiculous as a guy walking on water.

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POST: FringeNYC's 'Night of the Living' - the child stuck in the middle

I didn’t really believe that Mia and Marshall really loved Henry. It’s not like they showed hard hitting signs of caring about him when Mia was cheating on Marshall or when Mia used wanting a family vacation to combat Marshall’s anniversary plans (when in reality she actually had plans with Jim, her coworker, that she did not want to cancel). I mean, I know we never actually met Henry, but I believe actions speak louder than words, and all Mia and Marshall did was argue over who took care of Henry best, who was the most responsible parent, etc. This constant argument seemed to scream, “Look how much heavier my burden in than yours!”

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