Dear Carousel Players

Thank you.

Thank you for doing the important work you do to tell stories through art.

Thank you for informing us that not everyone is currently particularly fond of your art.

Thank you, especially, for giving us the opportunity to experience the beauty that is Mark Crawford’s Boys, Girls and Other Mythological Creatures.

I first learned about your play last week when Jessica Carmichael shared that there had been sudden, unexpected cancellations by some local schools of the touring play.

At the beginning of this week, I saw the Facebook event for the free showing at Silver Spire Church, and said to my children, “This play has been banned from some schools, so I think that means we should go see it.”

All day Monday and Tuesday, they talked about what other mythological creatures might be in the play. The placed bets with each other over whether it would be unicorns or dragons or centaurs (they were betting who would clean the fish bowls). And when we arrived a Silver Spire Church last night, they were excited to see what the show was all about with my daughter repeating, “I’ve only seen two live plays before, this will be my third!”

It was beautifully written and performed. Kudos to everyone involved for the work they put into telling Simon/e’s story so perfectly.

I have three adult friends who are transgender and I am friends with a woman whose 6yo just began identifying as a boy. When she came to me to several weeks ago to ask if I knew of any resources for her son’s school, I was able to consult with my friends and offer up some suggestions. I wish, though, that I had been able to suggest this play. This play is exactly what young children need to be seeing.

The children for whom gender and its stereotypes are not an issue will see a play of unicorns and dragons and princesses and kings. But the children for whom gender and stereotypes are an issue will see themselves in many ways and, hopefully, they will start to believe that they can be their “true self.”

Thank you for putting on a show that inspired my normally very quiet and shy daughter to raise her hand in a room of more than 100 people to say to the cast, “I have a comment. I’ve seen three live plays, and this is the best one I’ve seen.”

Thank you.

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