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The Animals Have Spoken!

December 13, 2011

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED RADICAL JOY FOR HARD TIMES ON DECEMBER 12!

After centuries of inquiry, the animals finally come forward!

Do you think your crèche provides an accurate representation?

Peruse the image below, and read on.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Where you can have Christmas Fun…

…at the Office…

Enjoy the wine and cheese, the beer and chips, the non-alcoholic beverage, fruit-and-veggie platter, and gluten-free snacks. Suffer through the Secret Santa exchange, and acknowledge, but don’t act on, that subtle wondering if you and Sam from the third cubicle share a forbidden mutual attraction—which seems to intensify with each ounce of liquid that passes between your winter-balmed lips.

Imagine breaking out your copies of Christmas Fun, gathering your colleagues, and changing the conversation. Gone are the mundane inanities uttered in Christmas parties past! It’s time for some research-based, historical play-acting. And…you all get to play animal roles.

Christmas Fun is a game changer at work, and you can be the Introducer, the Provider, the Catalyst—if you dare! Imagine: creative interaction, honest, playful, raucous laughter, and—for fifteen or twenty minutes, a united, more-or-less coherent focus on having fun.

…at the Family Gathering…

The multi-coursed meal is winding its way through esophaguses, stomachs, and intestines of various ages as your in-laws, out-laws and nuclear family members settle into their preferred passive celebrations of the season. The Big Game! The Family Movie! The Inter-Active Computer-Based Extravaganza!

Smart phones, tablets, laptops and the brand-spanking-new, internet-ready, 3-D TV with the screen so big that you have to turn your head from side to side to follow the action are all engaged! Everyone is screen-staring—even the infant, conveniently cradled in the car-seat that converts to a crib, is attempting to focus on, and occasionally taste, the one-piece-with-no-small-parts-that-can-fall-off-and-be-swallowed plastic, faux hand-held device. No child left behind for sure.

You. Yes, you, decide to pull the plug on it all (whether literally or metaphorically is your choice—choose wisely)! Not instead of, but in addition to the flat-screened family focus, you whip out your pre-printed copies of Christmas Fun, distribute them, agree on the roles, and commence. Suddenly the glazed eyes come alive, opposable thumbs remember how to cooperate with other fingers and turn 8 ½ x 11 inch, non-virtual pages, and not-pre-recorded voices embody the reflections of 21st-Century animals.

It just doesn’t get any better than this. Later, as your guests leave, you bask in the glow of their parting words: “We can’t wait to do this again next year. That was sooo much fun! Do we have to wait for Christmas? How can I get a copy of this for myself?

…wherever one or more of you are gathered without shame…

For the truly courageous, those among us so deeply in touch with our core that fear has disappeared, and the prospect of taking on all the voices alone, or with just one or two others is not just possible, but alluring, attractive —even Essential (OMG!), this is for you as well. You do have all the animal voices you need within you. Why look outside yourself? Trust that.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

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