Laurens: I just got another letter, G-d I thought that he’d get better now he’s married to Eliza, She will make for him the best wife, He’s so lucky to have her in his life, I love him too well to bring them strife — I gotta write him and tell him ‘no’ Tell him that we’ve gotta let go Tear his heart from mine, we both gotta say ‘no’ I’ll be fine. He was never mine -
Alexander: You’re lyin’.
Laurens: It’ll ruin your reputation Sodomy so high in the nation? He ignores me, tells my frustration —
Alexander: It’s love, how can it sinful?
Laurens: The preachers all swear that it’s dreadful. (speaking) Thou shalt not lie with a man the lyings of a woman —
Alexander: I never said we’d take it Eliza’s bed, C’mon let’s head to yours instead.
Laurens: So he lead me to my bed, let his legs spread, and said —
Laurens: Hey ~ Lord, show me how to say ‘no’ to this, I know I oughta say ‘no’ to this, But, my G-d, he makes me helpless, And my body keeps tellin’ me “Hell, yes.” Do you know what my father will say if he learns what we’ve done? He’ll say “I take comfort in the thought that I once had a son.”
Alexander: Give me the power to show that I love you by actions rather than words.
Laurens: Lord, show me how to say ‘no’ to this, I know I oughta say ‘no’ to this, In my mind I’m tryin’ to go,
This theatre was part of a facility for feeble-minded women, particularly between the ages of 16 and 45. It was designed to detain, segregate, care for and train these women and operated from 1920 to 1998.
Despite the hospital’s dark history, this theatre was quite beautiful. I loved the worn texture of the wooden seats, the missing tiles on the ceiling playing a game of Tetris and the beautiful massive windows with gaudy golden draperies.