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We are not alone

STORY BY: Cyril Johnston
YEAR: 1975
LOCATION: Moncton, New Brunswick

Cyril posted this story:
"I saw Boom in Halifax on October 21,2015. Afterward I spoke with Rick and told him how precisely my life experience mirrored one aspect of the show. Like Chris and Maddie, my father was a World War 2 veteran who never spoke about the war and drank heavily. Like Chris, I once punched my father in anger at this situation. I remember it clearly. I was about 15 or 16, still a fair bit smaller than him. I came home from school to find him, once again, drunk. He was in the kitchen leaning on the counter. He moved to the centre of the room and suddenly all my anger came out and I swung as hard as I could. I hit him in the jaw and he fell to the floor. Rick asked me to tell the story on camera, but the emotion of seeing my life so unexpectedly shown on stage was a bit to much for me. Eventually my fathered sobered up and became a wonderful grandfather to my sons. Someone once told me that theatre is important because it shows us we are not alone. Never was that more true that this past Wednesday night at the Neptune. Thank you to Rick and everyone associated with Boom for reminding me that I am not alone in my story." And thank you for sharing, Cyril.

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