I am proud to part of a non profit arts LGBTQ friendly organization that has been serving the Chicago community for 31 years, particularly at this time of wild political strife. It has given me, and thousands and thousands of audiences comfort, in some pretty harsh times. Thanks. Thanks for the opportunity. and Thanks for coming. Lets keep it going.
I'll be regularly updating this page, with play with plays I've written since I became an ensemble member in late 2014.
I’m trying, god knows, I’m trying.
By nick hart
First performed October 2019. At the start, Sarah McLachlans “Angel” plays. I try to play along to it, on a recorder flute thing. I do it very poorly.
NH: This one time, just the other day, I almost spit on a bird.
The music starts again. I play the recorder with music again.
NH: The bird, was just standing in the dirt, doing what it does best, trying not to die, and I almost spit on that bird.
Music starts again. I play the recorder with music again. It stops. I mumble obscenities to myself.
NH: Earlier that morning, I saw a spider in the shower. AND I DID NOT EVEN DO ANYTHING. And I left it there. I didn’t even do no splashies or nothing. And you know what? I was feeling real good about myself. I looked that spider in the eye. And I made peace with him. Finally after 32 years. If I were a younger man, a younger, more crueller man, Lets just say... there’d be some healthy splashies. I know I’m going to die one day. I’m just trying to be better.
IT WASN’T EVEN A PIDGEON. I COULD SPIT IN A PIDGEONS MOUTH EVERYDAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE AND NOT CARE, BUT IT WASN’T. IT WASN’T A PIDGEON. IT WAS ONE OF THOSE TINY BIRDS ALWAYS HANGING AROUND PIDGEONS.
I was very sick, and I was coughing up the salty butter, cause its yellow. I had to spit. I couldn’t keep it in my mouth, like a good people with manners do. I’m so sorry, I couldn’t keep my illness inside of me. So I spit. And then I can’t believe... I almost spit on one of god’s angels. A bird.
I play the recorder with music again. Very poorly. But for a moment there is a beautiful trill that I make. But then I fuck it up. I throw the recorder across the room.
The birds face was so sad, it was crying bobbing up and down, up and down over and over. Looking at the spit. Not looking. Looking at the spit. And finally it said, “Its okay. Its fine. This sort of thing happens to me all the time. ...but the jokes on you. Because you just walked into my bird fart.” And I said “Birds can’t fart. Because of cloacas and stuff.” And the bird said “Well Screw YOU!” and then the bird spit on a spider and flew off. We had that whole conversation with our eyes. And then I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and I died. I died of a broken heart. And then I had to go to work.
The music comes back and swells. I spit hard into my hand. I slap my hand onto my forehead.
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