afterTHOT: The Ex’s New Boo

I had to go over to The Ex’s to tie up some loose ends the other day.  While there, I had a cocktail and caught up with him and his friend.  Then he walked me to the bus stop so that he could vent a little about this friend.  Apparently this friend was betraying his trust and sneaking to read his text messages.  I was totally confused as to why this friend would be all up in his bitnass like that.

Me: There’s no reason for him to be in your personal stuff like that.  (as we continued down the block, I stopped, stepped back, and threw my hands up).  Unless he’s your new boyfriend.

The Ex:  Well he’s not over at my place helping me clean for no reason.  But we’re not there yet.

Okay, now he’s being honest and open.  Okay, this is a good thing, as I don’t want to lose him entirely.  We spent our entire adult lives together thus far.  

Me:  Oh ok.  Well, he still don’t needa be prying like that.  We were together almost 12yrs and I still never invaded your privacy.  Well, not until the very end because you was lyin’.  We not gonna get into that right now, but you know you was lyin’.

Then we both laughed.  He didn’t deny that he was runnin’ around behind my back actin’ brand new.  He opened up to me.  He admitted his betrayal.  

So then on Monday I performed one of my stories from my personal repertoire at a weekly event.  I was booked last minute so I didn’t really invite anyone to come.  Then The Ex called me on the day of the show.  When he found out I was performing, he promised to come.  Well, I gave up on his promises long ago, yet he actually did show up. I was the first to go on, and he literally left right after my performance.  So he was there just to support me.  That’s sweet.  He also convinced TENB (The Ex’s New Boo) to come watch as well, but he was late arriving so he missed my performance and missed The Ex.  So The Ex text me after he’d left to ask me to keep an eye out for him since his phone died and he wasn’t able to let him know that he’d left.  What the fuck!  How did I end up chatting over a drink at the bar with TENB?!  ONLY IN MY LIFE!  But I’m glad The Ex and I can move forward peacefully and with love.

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Opening Night Revelation

Last night I went with my usual play date and we saw the opening night of Sweet Bird of Youth starring Diane Lane.  It wasn’t necessarily my favorite show that I’ve seen at the Goodman, but it was good enough to sit through for 3 hours (unlike another show I will not mention).  It was also good because got to network with other artists at the reception before I whisked myself off to bed.  At the reception and on the way home my friend and I started discussing the directing choices and the playwright.  And we started comparing other writers and directors and actors, and I realized that my professional development this year has really paid off.  I’m learning a lot about my craft through other artists.  Even though I was not completely thrilled by the show itself, it did it’s job as art and got me to create a conversation about it. 

Full Circle

Yesterday afternoon my New Years resolution came full circle. I started the year by reading Julius Caesar for my first Play Of the Week, and yesterday I saw it performed in the park for free.
I haven’t been slacking reading my others plays, it’s just that I have been writing my own show. So that’s ok, right?