Completed – August 2016 Caregivers Focus Group meeting – informal group to discuss caregivers needs Aug. 28, 2016
This is to commemorate yesterday’s Caregivers Focus Group, held at the Linda Vista Village Community Room. The first public event in the year of Caregivers Anonymous. CaregiversAnon.org
A real group of caregivers. all together for the first time – different ages, from 22 to 82! From New York to New Zealand…..and with a common thread, all had taken care. Of others.
And now, they came together to share. To share stories, to laugh together, to cry together…to find the common ground.
We met at the Linda Vista Village Community Room,(thank you, Yolanda!) informal, with a pool outside and the sound of children playing, children with caregivers unable to come to a caregivers meeting because they were…..taking care.
Friends and neighbors, some who spoke, others who were quiet, one gentleman who watched from afar, who came over after everyone had left and told me that if he had been there, he would have cried the most.
So it begins. The year of Caregivers Anonymous. A play to shine a light on caregivers – what they do, how they feel…..how they survive in the midst of a lot of…..hard stuff.
This gift of a fellowship grant from The San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Program has been given to me with a great responsibility attached – to do the best job I can to succeed at illuminating a field that is often in shadow because the characters are too busy to tell their stories. So I have the job…..the joy….of doing it for them. For us. With their stories as my flashlights I start the journey.
The gift is helped by the producing arm of Playwrights Project, whose founder comes to this first meeting and brings her experience – and insightful questions – to the table.
The gift is also enabled by my family and friends, who have loved and supported me throughout the time leading up to this.
I look forward to this year, and thank the first caregivers – and all the others – for this amazing opportunity. Let the play begin!
The next meeting of this focus group will be in October – with a table read of the first draft of CAREGIVERS ANONYMOUS.
September 2016 -First draft to dramaturg
October 30, 2016 – Cast of table read
November 13, 2016 – Table read of first draft
February 18, 2017 – Script in hand reading date and time TBA
April – May 2017 Casting Rehearsals
May 2017 – 3 workshop productions CAREGIVERS ANONYMOUS TBA