I had been depressed and at a very low point in my life. I had gotten so low that suicide seemed like the only option. I got myself prepared and went about ending my life. Luckily I was unsuccessful in my attempt. The very next day I glanced at the paper and the first thing my eyes see is an ad for Stage 212 holding auditions for a show called Moon Over Buffalo. I had never really noticed ads like this before so it seemed...poignant that it was the first thing to catch my gaze. I am still not entirely sure why I decided to, but I went to the auditions. I landed a part and my life was changed forever. I met some really fantastic people who grew into wonderful friends and got to experience a feeling I had never known before. That was the perfect introduction to live theater. My part called for me to dress up like General Patton, fire a gun, get tied up, and do some wonderful physical comedy. I was hooked from then on out. In a short matter of time I went from newbie to directing my own show and even serving for a time on the board. Without 212 I can honestly say I would not be alive today.
I had an opportunity to act at Stage 212 during my last spring before I moved away. I even landed a lead on my first try. I played Susan in 2012's Don't Drink the Water. I can say I've never had more fun. There is a photo... somewhere.... of me during our rehearsal when I was first confronted with the best prop I've ever seen. Larry Kelsey on a copy of Time Magazine. I'm clearly cracking up and trying to remain in character. I can only hope someone still has that magazine.