So asked Larryn, 16, on the way home from a Shakespeare practice three years ago. Larryn had every right to fear this. When he was thirteen, he had more than a near-death experience; he stopped breathing for several minutes. Once in the hospital, he remembers being in a coma. Plagued by fear, Larryn limped through life, but life can turn on a dime . . .
Three years ago, a friend at his high school invited him to Theatre For All at POTC. Larryn “didn’t want to go home that day” so he tagged along and into auditions. Not only did Larryn audition, he landed the first of several prominent parts in four different plays.
Larryn has done an astonishing thing. He “entered the arena” of life again to awkwardly yet passionately engage Shakespeare. In doing so, he “found something at the bottom of my heart” to grab on to. “There really is an Existence, a hope there,” he shared recently. “At Peace Of The City, I found clarity. I am fulfilled, relieved, optimistic.”