If we imagined that others had the capacity to empathize with us, would we set higher expectations for ourselves to speak up and reach out? Could we elevate the conversation? Perhaps one thing we can all agree on is that 2017 has not been the year for civility. The more we argue, the more things fall apart, the more pressing it becomes to prioritize listening over preaching. What would happen if we spoke and listened in a way that reflected our interconnectedness, where one voice could snowball into an avalanche that envelops us all?
We want you to dive into your saddest, happiest, darkest, most exuberant moments, and emerge with something that will try us, that will challenge us to understand what it’s like to walk in your shoes. What would you write if your audience had no idea what it’s like to be [gay, black, asian, cripplingly self-conscious, depressed, madly in love, anxious, poor, white, religious, . . .], but desperately wanted to know?
Our world becomes fuller, more just, and more peaceful when we speak with intentional courage and faith in our listeners. Make our moral imaginations take flight.
Think we wouldn’t get it? Try us.
Submissions are now closed for 2018's Show Some Skin:Try Us. Stay tuned for next year's Call for Stories, but start writing! Go here to submit a monologue.
For tips on writing monologues, check out Show Some Skin past director Lucas Garcia's video on the right.