• Laurabeth Rapaz

What's your story?

When I was in college, I wrote an autobiographical solo play for my senior thesis entitled "Dejando Mitzrayim" (Spanish for "Leaving Egypt"). In the process, I talked to a lot of people: it was raw and tough and I needed support from my network of peers. I found myself sitting across from Monica, a friend of mine from acting class.

"How do you write a solo play? I don't think I could ever write one." Now, Monica is an actress, and an absolutely brilliant one at that, on top of being a super smart chick.

"Of course you can write one."

"I wouldn't know where to begin, I'm not that interesting."

I was surprised. She had so much to delve into emotionally when she worked- there was obviously material there, and she mastered her feelings beautifully.

"Everybody has a story to tell. If you've lived a life, you have a story to tell. You just need the right tools to tell it."

Years later, we found ourselves far from Rhode Island, in midtown of NYC while I was in rehearsals for a show at Theatre Row called "Millicent Scowlworthy". Monica and I sat down again, this time at a Pinkberry. She asked me if I remembered something I said to her in college about performing, recounted the story, and said that those words have stuck with her ever since.

And her words have stuck with me.

When I doubt myself, I remember what Monica said, I and I remember that I know what I'm capable of. It brings me back to myself. Friends are great. I haven't spoken to Monica in awhile because she's been super busy with her fantastic business Monica's Mixing Bowl ( , which I follow on facebook, but, as you know, life always gets in the way and I've gotta be a better friend and reach out (and so should you, by the way! Text a friend to tell them how awesome you think they are). I'm sending Monica the link to this post when I'm done writing this. Maybe meet her at Pinkberry again (what do you think, Monica?)

The point here is, everybody has the capacity to act, and to be convincing, because we all have a story to tell. I look forward to helping you find yours.

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