The Great now what

 
 

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A massive stroke has left Maggie (35) in a body that is partially paralyzed. From neck down, her left side is mostly dead weight and feels like dozens of ironclad sand bags. From neck up, the right side of her face is frozen and nerve pain feels like hundreds of tiny needles. Her bouncy eyes make the world jump up and down while she constantly fights against double vision. Her mind is sharp and her dreams are big.

For most, this is a living nightmare. But Maggie is rehearsing lines and preparing herself to perform in front of an audience for the first time since her stroke in 2014. Creative expression gives her meaning. Purpose. She's not the same person she was just three years ago, traveling the world producing and performing in improv, plays, and films. She's not the woman who gracefully dangled from a rope in a trapeze performance project to the poetry of William Blake. Maggie has gone from an engaged working actress on the brink of success to a permanently disabled woman living alone. She no longer feels the comfort of her past and she can’t see the light of her future. She's in the black abyss of the complete unknown. Today, she seeks an answer that is universal to the current times.

Everything has fallen apart. Now what? Maggie’s now what is the greatest now what of our time.