The Joys of Bringing People Together

Today’s post is written by Richard Boehmcke, a writer, director, and prize winning video creator. Richard has written and directed plays for the New York stage and his company helps individuals and brands tell their stories without breaking the bank. 

The trip through one’s mid 20s can either be a bliss-filled jaunt of fun times or, a paranoia-filled wasteland of worrying, “What’s next?” I was still enjoying the former, but was definitely worried about what was going to happen in my future. Would I become a standard issue desk-jockey, manning the phones and filling out reports that said nothing more than this was a report and it had been filled out?

I turned to creative pursuits, writing and blogging specifically. Immediately I fell in love with the idea with telling stories, connecting with people through our shared or differing histories.

After a year of writing I sought to take my creativity to another level, something bigger, something more significant. I didn’t want to just be the guy at the office with the blog. Nobody really likes that guy, so I took a chance and wrote two short plays. I had no idea what would entail to actually produce them, and thank god, because had I known, I might not have done it. Using all the free resources we could find, we rehearsed, sold tickets, and scrounged up enough money to rent a venue.

Selling tickets was easily the most stressful event of my life; made more challenging by free software that made promises it couldn’t deliver on. Amazingly we made it to opening night without going bankrupt or insane.

The night itself was distinctly memorable for me as I stood in the back of the theater, watching the words I had written emerge from the actors’ mouths and affect an audience of strangers and friends.

I’m not embarrassed to say it was a feeling of power, of control, like every emotion in that room was my responsibility. I was instantly addicted. And we set off to do a brand new play each of the next two years.

The process in those following years changed when we found Eventbrite. It’s hard enough getting people to come out to live theater, but having a database of interaction makes it that much easier to follow up and get people to return.

It’s been over a year since my last live show, but I’m sure it will happen again in the future. The ability to unite people through stories, through truth, and through a previously unrealized form of connection is something I’ll never get tired of.

Is your passion bringing people together, too? We want to hear all about it, share your creative ventures in the comments below!