The Convergence of Desire

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”


For those of you much younger than I and those who don’t follow baseball, that is a quote

from Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees way back in the 1940s,

50s, and 60s. Yogi wasn’t known for his intellectual capital, but if you dissect that quote, it is

still pertinent. When you come to a fork in the road…


That is an underlying theme of The Convergence of Desire, a new play produced by the Arts

Commission of Danville/Boyle County that will have its only public performance this

Thursday, February 7 in Gravely Hall. The play explores how five young men and women

discover which fork in the road they will pursue based on their passion and what makes

them feel alive!


We have all been there. Some discover their passions early and become teachers (thank

goodness), health care professionals, first responders, or entrepreneurs. Others need a little

more time to discover his or her own passion, including yours truly who didn’t earn his

college degree until age 25.


The play, written by Liz Orndorff, gives us a sense of the struggles that these “kids” face in

charting a course for their future and also, through the story and music of Mike Archer, how

some paths are best left unexplored.


I had the pleasure of reading the script last week. I got goosebumps. I had the honor of

being invited to a rehearsal last Sunday. Again, goosebumps.


It’s gripping. It’s powerful. It’s germane to every family in this community. And it’s free.

Please consider taking an hour out of your busy schedule to come and watch this

performance. Invite your neighbors, friends, and family. They will not be disappointed.

“The Convergence of Desire,” 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in Gravely Hall Performing Arts Center at

Danville High School, 203 E. Lexington Ave. A musical about your future by Elizabeth

Orndorff, produced by the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County and sponsored by

ASAP, will have its only public performance at DHS. Admission is free. Featuring music

by Mike Archer, the play explores different journeys people take when they are looking

for their passion, their gifts, their most compelling desires. Cast includes Michael Ross,

Elijah Brown, Bruce Caudill, Lina Morales and Marina Pujante-Lorca.

Another Yogi quote that seems appropriate is, “You can observe a lot by watching.” See you

Thursday.


We have had tremendous response to our “alumni update” initiative. If you haven’t done so

already, go to our website and click on the alumni tab to get to the update form

.

You can also go to the distinguished alum page and make a nomination for this year’s class.

There is a pdf you can download, or a form you can fill out online.


One final note, mark your calendar for June 8 and the 25 th anniversary of the forensics team at Danville High School. You can find out more here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2298219007121629/


As always, Go Ads!




This article originally appeared in the February 5, 2019 edition of The Advocate-Messenger.

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