This is Simon.
He has a heart full of love. He has a secret.
Simon teaches Kindergarten.
He doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to experience the impossible.
So, how does Simon see the world? Take a look:
If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
I would spend that day in Central Park with my wife. We’d sleep-in until our hearts desired and then spend the morning rolling around in the morning sunlight trying to convince ourselves to get out of bed. Breakfast is my specialty. Pancakes. Eggs (sunny side up) and a few strips of bacon. A hot cup of coffee and the NYT crossword. After that the corner bodega would whip us up some delicious deli sandwiches and we’d head to the park. Hours would be spent people-watching and roaming around the park, discovering all those nooks and crannies that transport you out of New York City and into a tranquil, calming, and serene world of peace and creativity.
Do you think you’ve turned out the way your parents expected?
My parents supported me in a way that no matter where I ended up and no matter the circumstances, they would be proud of me and my accomplishments. I work hard, with a full heart and a burning passion to succeed and to influence the world. I do all-of-the-above every single day. My parents laid the groundwork for my success and compassion.
What’s your idea of a good marriage?
Patience. Love. Kindness. Communication. Honesty. Compassion. Adversity. Accomplishments. Community. Family. Cuddles. Transparency. Connection. Crossword puzzles. Coffee. Skin. Music. Romance. Distance. Individuality. Connection.
Why should the audience take your side?
I don’t think there’s a side to be taken. Listen to my words. Empathize with my struggles. Share in my experience. Live in my crazy, creative, and fantastical world and we’ll all learn a little bit more about ourselves and what it means to share in the human experience.
Simon is played with beguiling innocence and deep heart by Sam Ray, most recently seen at the Know in last month’s Moby Dick. We asked him what makes this show so special–here’s what he had to say:
Cincinnati should see this production because of the compassion, heart, strength and talents of the actors and creative team involved. This show will remind you of your humanity and will open doors to new worlds of healing, compassion, love and communication within yourself and those you love.
Experience the impossible alongside Simon. Come see Bureau of Missing Persons at Know Theatre.