I performed Gimpel the Fool at the Northlands Confabulation – a storytelling conference – in Wisconsin this past weekend.
I read this story by Isaac Bashevis Singer about 40 years ago. I think I revisited it some years later. Over time, the message stayed with me, but not the details. So when I learned I would be doing a fringe performance of Gimpel at Northlands, I pulled my book off the shelf and began rereading the story for the first time in decades. YIKES! I had completely forgotten all those juicy but very earthy details. I was alarmed. Could I really do this? But great literature is great literature. I believed in the story and gave it the respect it deserved … and I am happy to report all went well.
After the show I did a few minutes of Q & A which helped me transition back to me after a deeply committed involvement into Gimpel’s character. Now I am back – physically in Florida and mentally – and working on more stories.