I am so proud to call Bridgit Antoinette Evans my friend and my sister! We have been friends now for over 20 years, going all the way back to our time in grad school at Columbia University in the 90s. The script written by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif is utterly phenomenal and blew me away with its poignancy, its pathos and its hard-hitting message of humanity and spirit. I feel that these two women’s work – Sandra’s words and Bridgit performance – had to be highlighted at the top of this year, 2017, as we move forward as a country to try to heal from the wounds of an election cycle that left us all hurting and rendered an incomprehensible reality to us all – that we have lost our compassion and our ability to see the humanity in the least of our brothers and sisters.
To me, this video highlighted a social area of injustice that we usually completely ignore – homelessness that leads to self-deprecating isolation and shame. Unfortunately it seems to me that many of the tenants of the roots of the United States are being ripped apart today as is so evidenced by the election of a man such as Trump – who glorifies opulence as well as over-the-top conspicuous consumption while ignoring the plight of millions of Americans today – specifically as highlighted here in the harsh reality of poverty and homelessness!
It seem to me that we as nation have forgotten our compassion and our need to lift up and not stomp into oblivion those that are helpless due in many instances to no fault of their own. Maybe it was a loss of a job, outrageous medical expenses, a divorce, I don’t know; but I do know that we need to be cognizant of our fellow-man and woman no matter what he or she looks like or smells like or worships like because one day, there but for the grace of God, go we and then this story as portrayed in this video becomes our own reality too.
This theatrical performance hits the heart because of its utter simplicity in delivery and its lack of bravado that yields complete authenticity. It is an introspection of purpose that creates mind-blowing power! I hope that you will enjoy this as much as I did so please take the time to share with your friends and family! I believe that this powerful yet gentle message will touch their hearts deeply. Bravo Bridgit and Bravo Sandra for creating such a wonder piece!
Felicia M. Lopes