It began with the Book.
Actually, it began with the journals, the letters that could never be sent, but needed to be written because at the end of the day and the beginning of the day, it was the only way to deal with the grief.
The pile of journals stacked up, day after day, year after year, until the time came to go back and look at what was written. To absorb the pain, to find the answers between the lines. Because, somehow, the answer to getting through all this sadness had to be somewhere in the many pages.
It was. The journey of grief and loss. The feeling of standing at the edge of the abyss, looking into the depths of "what now?", "what's next?". The years of living in a void, without realizing it.
And discovering that reading those words was the beginning of what it takes to heal.
Then came the book.
The original publication was selfish. To see in print the reality of what was simply the most earth shattering experience in a lifetime. The need to share that with others, knowing that the words had power, reflecting what so many felt but afraid to admit out loud. And then the suggestion "This should be a play".
And so it began. Delving back into the journals to find more moments to share, many lighter days after the original publication. More healing to share, and sometimes deep sadness.
Watching the stage debut was surreal, yet brought the power to the surface of words and reaching more people.
Then came a collaboration- words from the book and play- music transitions from a singer/songwriter, delivering the music in a whole new way.
When Covid 19 hit the world in 2020, the loss was overwhelming. A tsunami of death hit the world leaving grieving people in the wake. To reach them in a new way and send a message of shared loss and and encouragement of hope was needed.
The Loss World Monologues, a short film was created.
It is a snapshot of grief and grace.
Production began in January 2021.
Final filming was completed in early June 2021
Director: Maria Howell
Executive Producer: Mary London Szpara
Mary London Szpara
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This project was made possible by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the
Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, the Blumenthal Endowment and the Cabarrus Arts Council. #NCArts