Sunday, June 9, 2013

...No matter how small."

"A person's a person, no matter how small," Horton the Elephant pleads to his neighbors, attempting to save the fate of a colony of Who's on a tiny dust speck. Time after time, Seussical audiences hear Horton educate them on the value and integrity of humanity.

Yet, these words are not new to us. These lines dot our childhood memories of bedtime stories and kindergarten classrooms. "A person's a person, no matter how small," Horton told us in Horton Hears a Who, a major motion picture since 2008.

Written amidst the 1950's red scare, Horton Hears a Who has been adapted most famously by pro-life advocates, which according to biographers, Dr. Seuss intended to pursue legal action against.

However, Dr. Seuss would surely not oppose this adoption - -

2013 Capital Pride Parade
This weekend was Capital Pride, the annual Gay Pride celebration in our nation's capital. I spent an awesome weekend dancing, laughing, recollecting with old friends, and most importantly, celebrating our lives and individuality.

When humanity learns to celebrate the gift of life itself - rather than the varieties of life - our society may more forward with enough determination and strength to accomplish any feat.

That's the sole mission of Horton in Seussical!  Horton much teach the younger audience members this simple philosophy while reaching out to the older audience members and touching the better angels of our nature. This is exactly what happens at Gay Pride.

So maybe, on March 30th, when our audience walks out Brodbeck's Doors, back into their normal routine; out of reach from the Jungle of Nool or JoJo's thinks,

They'll remember, "A person's a person, no matter

Seussically Inclined,
Travis Gilbert

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