In the play GATES IN AND OUT EverySoul traverses the stations of the Hero/ine’s Journey: leaves Home at the Call, goes through the Gate In, enters the Tenemous (Otherworld), transforms in the Nigredo, locates the Gate Out, and Returns. EverySoul and Companion meet tests on the Road of Trials, including coping with a dragon, and climbing the Ice Mountain. The play is often humorous, in part because we all find ourselves, and friends and clients, well represented.
Joseph Campbell taught the Hero/ine’s Journey at Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference in 1985; the author has used the model extensively in teaching, coaching and counseling since that time. The play is written by Lola Wilcox, from Denver, Colorado. Her husband Chuck directs. They both act in the play with three local actors, including Ken Buch. A few members of the audience can choose to have bit parts at the performance; no rehearsal is needed.
After the play we will participate in a facilitated discussion with the acting company and author, beginning with the famous question “Where are you in the story?”
This play was developed for the Jung Society of St. Louis’ 2010 writing contest, and was first performed at the 2011 Portals to the Sacred conference; it’s second performance was at the Joseph Campbell conference in 2012 in New Paltz, N.Y.
What is the story you are living? How do you hear the Call to change? What keeps you going through the Road of Trials? What has been Made and Unmade during the Nigredo of your journey? What impact do your individual choices have on these questions and on your soul? These are some of the questions that we will ask and explore during the workshop. Using Joseph Campbell’s journey archetype and the French adult story of Beauty and the Beast along with readings, songs, discussion, and reflection we will investigate personal choice and its impact on our lives. The power of our personal choices, the role of the opposites, and the impact of the choice to love the Beastly parts of ourselves as well as the Beauty ones will be discovered.
Please bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing as there will be some movement and stretching (those with limited mobility will be accommodated).