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© 2018 Monique DeBose

Thank you.

This show would not have been possible without the effort of so many. 

Thank you to my husband. It would not have been possible without the tireless love and support Rich. You continue to love me on this journey. I am humbled by your strength, your courage, your vision and your infinite kindness. 

Thank you to my parents, Herman and Maureen, for giving me their unspoken permission to share ‘my’ truth. They rolled up their sleeves and did the ‘work’ of diligently ‘creating’ a family. They raised four children- through working full time, getting advanced degrees and working on a marriage. 

Thank you to Kaleo Rex and Ellington Madiba for going with the flow and making space for mama to take the time to birth this show, her third child. Thank you for your unconditional love and your delicious kisses and cuddles. 

Thank you to all the friends who encouraged me, gave counsel, talked me off ledges, sat through the many iterations of this show, and gave me their honest feedback. Thank you Andie, Mattilyn, Sim, Rebecca, Genevieve, Eliza, Jennifer, Monique R., Erinn, Maisha, Damona, Lisa, Michele, Ece, Sohani, Kelly, Evelyne, Patty, Gary, Yonga, Ricco. 

Thank you to the friends who gave their undying support in whatever way they could- Mark SF, Gabe, Griffin and Kwaku. 

Thank you Maria for running lines with me whenever I needed you to!

A special thank you Stacie for your early creative contribution- for your determination, support, council. Thank you for agreeing to be the soul that doggedly encouraged me to step deeper into myself and have complete faith in my own vision. 

Thank you to Josh, who sat down with me after seeing the first two workshops and went through the script with me to help make it stronger. 

Thank you to Harry who sat with me on my back patio to vision what this show could actually become. I will always be grateful for our connection and the depth of who you are.

 

This show was developed in a 6-month class with Terrie Silverman. Each week I would have the opportunity to find my story.  Thank you so much Terrie and my classmates Lisa, Mattilyn, Maria, Alex and Kristina for creating the safe space to birth this story. 

Thank you to all the mixed people who travel their own unique journey right along side mine- and all you people who don’t identify as mixed, but hear their own story through mine.  

Thank you to YOU in the audience. I know some of you and hopefully, there are more of you I don’t know- I love and appreciate the love you have shown me. It means more than you know. Truly.

And finally, thank you to ME. To my courage, my willingness, my deep love, my anger, my desperation, my hope, my funny, my stubbornness, my confusion, my clarity and my wisdom.