Yesterday, Centre Stage confirmed the rumor that BJ Koonce will resign from her current position as executive director. She’ll continue to work with me on marketing projects and with the board on fundraising projects and, for a while, with her worthy successor, Glenda ManWaring, on the transition. “I’ll still be around,” she says. No doubt.
Coming out of the auditorium after the announcement event, BJ’s husband said, “I thought I was going to get my wife back, but it looks like I was wrong.” My guess is that regardless of how involved she is with Centre Stage, her other involvements (Leadership Greenville, Greenville Professional Women’s Forum, Metropolitan Arts Council, etc.) will expand to fill whatever void accrues. According to one reliable source, she’s already been offered roles in two productions at Hilton Head, and other offers will come, both creative and professional. BJ’s husband will get his wife back when the world is finished with her.
Not surprisingly, I’ve been feeling less and less adhesive these past few weeks. No debts or social obligations or long-term organizational affiliations. No loose ends. I came to Greenville how many years ago? … four? five? I was a working actor. Then I became a marketing director. Now I’m sitting in a vacant theater lobby watching the sun go down beyond the patio, on the cusp of I know not what. To quote David Byrne …
You may ask yourself, where does that highway lead to?
You may ask yourself, am I right, am I wrong?
You may say to yourself, my god, what have I done?
Same as it ever was.