Back in my undergrad days, there was an upperclass man who touted himself as a "theater major who had never read Shakespeare." He was bald by choice, Hispanic and loud. He wanted everyone to know that he was in da house. But hey, something worked. A decade after he's done with his badass self from NYU, he went to Brooklyn College, he has six plays under his belt, grew hair, and was recently nominated for a Pulitzer for his latest play, "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety." The playwright's name - Kristoffer Diaz. He splices hiphop and theater.
Somehow, even if it's not me, I feel heartened. Kris is only 32. I'm not that far away from his heels. I'll be there one day on that coveted pedestal, standing, raising my arms and looking up at the sky saying, "I made it."