It took a week, but here it is. That long-anticipated video of the (eeek!) performance . The laugh you'll hear most prominently is Gary - who is holding the camera so he was trying very hard to be quite - I suppose I'm just too funny, aren't I?
The first couple of introductory lines were cut off due to unavoidable camera issues, but you'll get the idea. The essay was inspired by the image displayed behind me. The other four essays (and their readers) were great, but again with the camera issues (battery time/memory size) we only got my piece on vid. This is the first time I've seen any sort of video of myself onstage since the early '80s. The 1980s. Ha-Ha, yes they DID have video cameras back then... with sound even!
Many thanks to everyone who helped me with this - apparently it takes a village for Joy to write an essay and read it aloud. Robert for precision editorial assistance; Lori for being my live audience and her incisive direction; Gary for trekking in from the hinterlands with his camera; and of course, Kate Tellers who was kind enough to let me do this piece in her show.
And thanks to all of you reading this who've been so supportive and special thanks to the braver among you who actually sat through the video! God love ya! xoxoxoxox