About R. Eric
R. Eric Thomas is a playwright, the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia and D.C., and he is a Senior Staff Writer for Elle.com where he writes “Eric Reads the News,” a daily current events and culture column. He won the 2016 Barrymore Award for Best New Play and the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award and received… more
Here For It or, How to Save Your Soul in America
In essays by turns hysterical and heartfelt, Eric redefines what it means to be an “other” through the lens of his own life experience. He explores the two worlds of his childhood: the barren urban landscape where his parents’ house was an anomalous bright spot, and the verdant school they sent him to in white suburbia. He writes about struggling to reconcile his Christian identity with his sexuality, the exhaustion of code-switching in college, accidentally getting famous on the internet (for the wrong reason), and the surreal experience of covering the 2016 election, and the seismic changes that came thereafter. Ultimately, Eric seeks the answer to these ever more relevant questions: Is the future worth it? Why do we bother when everything seems to be getting worse? As the world continues to shift in unpredictable ways, Eric finds the answers to these questions by re-envisioning what “normal” means and in the powerful alchemy that occurs when you at last place yourself at the center of your own story.
Here for It will resonate deeply and joyfully with everyone who has ever felt pushed to the margins, struggled with self-acceptance, or wished to shine more brightly in a dark world. Stay here for it—the future may surprise you.
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Unlocking the past can be a dangerous thing. In this Clue!-inspired farce from award-winning playwright R. Eric Thomas, the past comes back to haunt in more ways than one. Helen, a white nonprofit-executive, needs a door unlocked in the definitely-not-a-former-plantation she inherited. Courtney, a young black locksmith, is here to help her out. Charlotte, the ghost of a slave trapped in the house for over one-hundred and fifty years, is ready to pounce. Good intentions and sinister subtext clash in the Maryland world of nonprofit politics, haunted basements, ghostly reparations, and zero cell reception.