From the Creator
When I first heard the term “Cougar’ eight years ago, I was doing stand up comedy and writing ‘The UnBalancing Act”, a show about my divorce- and I thought, “How come we have to place a derogatory name on an older woman? I mean, what do you call an older MAN who’s linked with a younger woman? I’ve researched it…It’s called MAN!”
It got me thinking that maybe our society’s fixation on the ‘sexual older woman’ was a misplaced yearning to go back to a more matriarchal system after a millennia of patriarchal dictation. I mean, in older times, the MATRIARCH was revered by her family, her tribe, her community as a wise, healing servant of strength. Perhaps in the year 2000 plus, we need to embrace the sacred feminine in all of us so that we can heal ourselves, our loved ones and the planet.
As a woman turning 50 this year, I feel the need to SAY YES to embracing all the aspects that make me a contribution to the planet- my health, my heart, my body, my intuition, my love and light, my capacity for giving and receiving joy, my humor, my intelligence, my ability to forgive myself and others, my mind, my need to be responsible for the energy I put out into the world,, and my ability to create boundaries with others so I can continue to expand my love and light into the world.
It all sounds so serious but it’s also hilarious! This cougar exploration is entirely funny and poignant and goofy and campy and soulful and grounding and healing and did I say funny?
I feel blessed to have been working on this project for the last seven years. I am proud that with the support of my wonderful director, Lynne Taylor Corbett, I have been able to write a musical about this illustrious subject that is hysterically funny, soulful and poignant.
I want nothing less than for everyone who sees the show to leave with their spirits uplifted, a song in their heart and perhaps, a racy story to share with their friends.
We are all in this together. As we empower ourselves to say yes to our lives no matter what, we empower each other to thrive.
Inside the word C-O-U-R-A-G-E is Cougar!