The commonality of all people is life experience. Those experiences may be ones of celebration while other experiences are ones of struggle or challenge. Yet it is the challenges of life that cause us to come into the fullness of who we are designed to be. It is the personal story that connects us together as human beings. The personal story of triumph, love and self-acceptance pervades in Patrice Gerideau’s Thank You for Staring.
Under the direction of Carol Cadby, Gerideau gives an authentic, transparent account of her real-life struggles with beauty, love, faith and acceptance as she takes viewers on a journey of her experience of living with vitiligo, an appearance altering disease that causes loss of pigmentation of the skin. By recounting her childhood experiences, times of abuse, feelings of abandonment, issues of beauty, challenges of faith and moments of breakthrough, Gerideau invites the audience to explore their own experiences, good, bad and ugly, as a stepping stone to finding one’s true self and loving one’s self, through it all.
Thank You for Staring plays through July 27, 2013 at Goethe Institut – Main Stage – 812 7th Street NW, in Washington, DC. For performance times and to purchase tickets, visit the show’s Capital Fringe Page.