Since far too often we only publicly say nice things about people when they are dead I’ve decided to randomly pick a Facebook friend every day and say something nice about them.
May 16, 2019
Today’s person: Eugenie Chan!
Eugenie Chan makes me nervous. Yeah she’s a smart, incisive extremely talented Playwright, yeah she’s funny and heartfelt and creates characters and stories that are both quirky and whimsical yet harshly and hilariously real on a meta level, and yeah she’s fun and endlessly inventive to work with - but that’s not what makes me nervous.
It’s her face.
Eugenie always looks like she’s really, really listening to what you have to say, that she cares what is going on for you, that you are an exciting part of the grand adventure of life and whatever you have to say or share is going to be an interesting edition to a world of experience. The look on Eugenie’s face is of a person thrilled by the stories of life, and who eagerly drinks in each drop.
That’s a shitload of pressure when you just want her to pass the bagels.
But Eugenie is so essentially and wonderfully a storyteller that she can give you feeling that every seemingly mundane act or conversation is riveting, fun, a doorway to possibilities. Any moment could become a play, and that excitement of creation/discovery blazes from her eyes or swirls from the edge of a sarcastically curled lip.
So yeah - nervous.