The original Dreamer’s story led to the DACA legislation that never happened… yet, anyway. Congress actually fully supported and slated DACA for a vote on September 12, 2001. But Sept. 11 happened first. But Thereza Lee’s dream lives on.
My dream is still happening, in Australia.
While I only learned about the original timing of DACA recently, it never escaped my notice that You the Man might have had a different fate if the first workshop reading hadn’t been set for the weekend before, not after, that beautiful and tragic fall day.
Developing You the Man was a political dance, and I remember having serious stomach flips and heart palpitations as this one-man show and it’s accompanying program started to emerge in 2001. And, here we are with #MeToo and #TimesUp and people like Rashida Jones and Donald Glover making media waves.
Moving to the UK for a few years put You the Man and The Thin Line on hold, and in that time these social-justice scripts and tools have been published, ready for anyone to now produce. But in the meantime, Glenn Maynard–actor, musician, father, and activist–is one of the people still carrying the torch with a program through Deakin University, Melbourne, Austrailia.
I’ve had the honor of working with so many people who are dedicated to helping survivors and helping change the systems in which create victims and survivors of gender-based violence. Thank you, Ann Taket (Chief Instigator and Producer), Suzanne Chaundy (Director Extraordinaire–no, really!), and actors such as Glenn Maynard, for doing such great work.
If you’d like an American to carry on this particular torch of dealing with sexual violence and domestic abuse, send them a copy of the script, or be in touch me. And if you want America to live up to its values and the foundation on which this country was built, think of people like Thereza Lee and look for an organization you can support… and start making phone calls or in-person visits to your national, state, and local reps.
We can’t afford to pose as innocent bystanders.