Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dammit Jim! I'm a Commedienne, Not a Doctor!

Dammit, Jim! I’m a Comedienne, Not a Doctor! was a one woman show written and performed by Polly Esther at the 2018 Fringe Festival. She wore a short skirt and gold tights that made her look a bit like a Star Fleet Cadette. Her shirt had Spock's live long and prosper, hand gesture printed over her chest.

An innocent suggestion of watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation” for the first time quickly turned into obsession with the entire Star Trek universe. Every series. Every season. Every film. Then came the Las Vegas convention. These are the voyages of Polly Esther, her ongoing mission to explore this strange new world and how this universe has helped her boldly go forward in her journey as a recovering alcoholic.

At one of the Star Trek Conventions she me someone else who was a recovering alcoholic and they decided on a whim to send out an invite for anyone else to come to their hotel room. They were shocked by how many people showed up to that meeting.  It was a heart warming reminder that we are not alone in our troubled path through life. Her fan girl enthusiasm was a joy to watch and her story gave some meaning and significance to the whole Fan Convention phenomenon. Embrace your geek, and share it with the world.

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