When I was in college, three Tibetan monks arrived on campus to create a sand mandala. They worked nonstop for a week in the library atrium with precision and devotion, creating an intricate and colorful design like nothing I’d ever seen. Then they said a prayer and swept it all away. I struggled to understand the meaning of it, then.
At Lobby Talks, post-performance.
45 minutes into Adapt!, I make my entrance by getting rolled onstage in a bathtub. I take a bubble bath for a bit, then get out, dry myself off, get dressed. It’s the first time I’ve ever been naked onstage. But it’s not the moment in Adapt! when I feel the most exposed.
“At New Year 1972 … we’re driving through the night in this big, old car and listening to AM radio. I still remember the station call letters, WLW Cincinnati, WLS Chicago. That you could go for hundreds of miles traveling long, long straight roads, Interstate 70. I’d never seen a road that goes on for a thousand miles. And I’m thinking, “Oh boy, this is America” and it was all the little kid’s fantasies of the space and the distance.”
Journey through the Creation of Adapt! - Aneta and Lenka: Adapting to America, Routine, and Hot Dogs
If you’ve seen Adapt!, you’ve met Aneta Kernova. She plays the title role of young Lenka, a refugee from Czechoslovakia who’s making her way to America.