This week is my last week before surgery, and so I'm trying to keep things simple, yet have some fun while I can. Last Saturday our chapter did a fundraiser Car Wash, and it seems like it was the perfect day! The only drawback was that we didn't have enough people helping us out, so we had to cut it short. It was interesting to see that there were more "odars" coming to get their cars washed than Armenians.. hmmmmmmm.
I had forgotten to write about our "Evening with Shushan". Well...it went very well! We sat around a long table with lots of Armenian food, and spoke about different topics starting from politics all the way to Abaran jokes. It was interesting, and she seemed to really enjoy it and got to tell us a lot about her different songs and what had inspired them, etc. All that was missing was the microphone and the little stage.. or else it would've been a good "Shushan Unplugged".
Last Friday I went to a play called "Props". The play was translated from Armenian by one of my friends Myrna Douzjian. The author of the play, Aghassi Avetisyan was here from Armenia to see the first performance and speak to the audience afterwards. The play was VERY different... it is absurd drama and therefore has no set characters or acts, etc. The actors who are all UCLA students did an incredible job! I didn't know what I would think of it since I had been warned that it was "different", but I loved it!!! I loved having to think of what each scene was an analogy for and all the underlying meanings. The play was written after the earthquake in Armenia and right before independence, and so it is clear what the character and scenes represent. I don't want to explain everything right now, because I'd like all those who are in L.A. to go see it... I will try and get some contact info and post it. If you're in LA... this is definitely a MUST SEE!