You are as infectious as Gertrude Stein.
We have raised dozens of foster children and recently one of our adult foster daughters required an emergency re-location. She had no household goods, kitchen wares or bed and bath supplies. Within 24 hours, The Living Arts Corporation put an entire two bedroom apartment together for her, complete with rugs, silverware, towels, bedding and curtains. It was amazing and we were blown away. I was told that this non-profit started for the arts and when the recession hit they jumped in and began to help everyone in their community. Best yet, the never let their clients feel uncomfortable or marginalized they do their work quietly and with dignity for all. – A Mom and Pop in Loveland, CO
Dear Lady, you need the whole world as your stage. I wish I could bring you to my country to soothe the painful wounds of our land. You are not just a great actress, you make miracles happen inside your audience. You scared me to death with your power and reached inside of me into places I did not know existed. I am still shaking from the experience. In all my travels through your great country, it is you I will never forget.
You were spellbinding as Helen Keller! And what a wonderful vehicle you wrote in Illuminated Darkness. The play really showcases the depth of your talents. The family members I brought along with me were just as impressed with you as I am. Obviously, the entire audience was. I was pleased to see the touching outpouring of love the audience gave back to you. I could see you were moved.
Dear Jinx and Andy – I’m sure that the helpers could use a little treat so I am sending these goodies just for you. Both of you are wonderful and inspiring for all that you do to help others. Your capacity for helping is deep and strong and an inspiration; and I also get the the feelings of you as a kindred spirit, a comrade, in that I would be engaged in doing the same thing- helping others.
In those last powerful heartbeats that Helen Keller stood before us, before removing her hat as I knew she would do, & fading from our sight, I checked (for which I regret) an impulse to step forward & enfold her as witness for all present of the gift we had been given. Thank you Jinx for bringing forth the depth of the character of Helen Keller, of your character through her, for in many ways the two are one, for whether on stage or off, in character or not, you carry a solid earthy warmth that is deep & undeniable as you walk those wild steps of heaven.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to donate to families affected by the floods in a responsible and effective way. Our hearts are with your friends and neighbors. We consider the Rockies our ‘second home’, so please continue to keep us posted with your wonderful messages.
Wanted to let you know how your amazing generosity has been affecting our families. Teachers have been contacting families that we feel need support and many have stopped in to gather items. The pure gratitude on their faces has been breath-taking. Many of them are grandmothers who are now caring for grandchildren. All are so grateful and we’ve shed a few tears with them. Thank you so much for all that you’ve done.
We lost everything in the Colorado flood. There was nothing left of anything, nothing to dig out of the mountains of sand. We had never had to ask for help before and I could not face being to unable to take care of myself. When a friend brought me to you and you let me take whatever new pillows, curtains, bedspreads, dishes and towels I wanted, I broke down in your basement, shaking and sobbing. You just held me in silence. You let us come back to fill up our truck four times and we dispersed many things to neighbors in need. You kept saying it was a small offering but what you offered felt very big. You did not ask any questions. We did not fill out any paperwork. You told us to spread the word to whoever may need something to get them through the initial shock. Later, you went shopping with us and bought us pots and pans and wastebaskets and all those simple things we used to take for granted. You even took us out for dinner and quiet conversation. You had received cash donations from your friends and clients who had responded to your company’s newsletter and you were spreading it around to many families up and down the canyon. It was a big thing. It was big because you made us feel comfortable. You let me talk through my anguish and frustration. You gave me strength in the chaos. Now that we safe are in an apartment and waiting on the endless paperwork from insurance companies and agencies, I place my head at night on the sheets and pillows you gave us. I think of you and Mike, who helped carry up so many boxes and pack them in the truck. I thank you for giving me dignity.
I can’t imagine life without your theatre. You move me in the most wonderful ways. You are always in my thoughts.
I wanted to commend you on THE WINDS OF HEAVEN DANCE BETWEEN US. Well done! Not only was the acting powerful and superb, but your prose was graphic and lyrical. It’s hard to believe that you were able to do all this with your delicate subject matter. I think that European-Americans in particular, but not exclusively, can learn a lot from the message of your performance. As a black woman I was thrilled to learn that a white person could understand the issue of race, even beyond my own awareness. You taught all of us and I felt the winds of heaven dance between us. May your art be received by a nation needing healing.
Your Christmas performance was so enchanting and we had no idea that you had such incredible talent and energy. You amazed us completely and I do not think I have ever felt so strongly about theater before experiencing your little pieces. You are a masterful performer. We hope Loveland gets to see more and more of you. You took my breath away.
Enclosed is the donation that my students raised to assist families hurt by the flood. This money was raised by my National Honor Society kids, as well as a group called Teens with Wings. This is a group of students whose mission is to make their school and their community a better place, in whatever ways, large or small, that they are able. They are so pleased to be able to send this to you to disperse to those who need it. Thanks for your help in reaching those who need it most, and thanks for making a difference.
It was a night that I will always cherish and hold dear in my memory. – Robin Avery
Please accept this contribution from me and Tom for the re-building of your area after the flood. Thank you for making the plight of the people in the area real with your photos and sensitive writing. I am sure you are working very hard keeping your business and lives going as you generously offer your time surrounded by the misery and disruption. I am hardly surprised. It is what you do.
I can’t thank you enough for your kindness when I needed it the most. Everything you gave me has been put into good use. Looking forward to that glass of wine when things settle down. Thank you again and again.
Took me about 5 minutes to be blown away by your talent Jinx. I had a great time. Will forward the info to my friend in San Fran today…I bet he will be a part of it…he’s a great artist.
Congratulations on another brave production. I shook the hand of a great lady.
Thank you for sharing your beauty and energy with us! Jim and I agreed that it was a spectacular evening that needs a repeat!
Your performance was wonderful, and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening! Your cheesecake was so delicious too! Thank you, thank you for inviting us. We enjoyed all four acts but especially the first one about the disappearance of Grace. So touching! You are a superb performer and we feel blessed to know you. Be well, my friend.
I had the great fortune of experiencing a truly amazing theatre experience as I watched your performance of Helen Keller Saturday night. There are some rare moments in one’s life that will always remain with us in a profound way because they have transformational power. We walk away knowing that we are not the same. We have been given new eyes, and a new vision. We have been challenged and shaken to our very core and out of that process comes a new clarity. That happened to me at the Mode Theatre. I am profoundly grateful for it. It was theatre in its truest and purest form. Your work has left an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of those who have been fortunate enough to experience it.
The Baraboo High School World Literature class had their eyes opened to a window beyond their own experience today. We have had a fascinating year glimpsing other cultures and visiting with people from foreign countries, but all of that seems only to have been a prelude the impact of your presentation., Your honesty and willingness to share touched us deeply…
To think that in our ‘land of plenty’ where ‘freedom’ reigns, we undermine the value of the variety of our multicultural peoples by sheer neglect, ignorance, and selfishness. You helped these young people view the world that they will soon inherit as one where anger and hopelessness play a major role for far too many of our ‘invisible’ people…
It was exciting to watch your professional ability to evaluate and involve your audience, to get out and be one of them while at the same time keep the distance of age and experience. One could almost feel the electricity in the room as their brain cells went into overdrive trying to grasp the concepts passing before them. Students were fired up, inspired, and talking with each other about something other than their own personal lives…The young man who sat front and center came in later to ask where he could buy your book. I told him that I didn’t know if you had ever written one although you’d lived enough “lives” to write many books.
Maybe you’ve thought about it, but at least 33 World Lit students think you should write a book…
More than a million thanks!
I am in the midst of packing for a car trip out to New England so I am rushed and a little anxious. But in the midst of all this has come your recent theatre communication and I find it so wonderful that I am putting everything else on hold for a minute or two so that I can write to you and tell you how splendid and courageous and innovative and really glorious I think you are–and ditto, the work you are doing at The Mode. It is in fact remarkable what you are doing–in spite of being a woman and who knows how many other things. I just shout congratulations to you and take pride in being one of your patrons and one of your fans. May you go on and on and on.
What a thrill to watch you perform last night. And what an experience to be, in some small way, a part of your performance! I had no idea what to expect, after reading the Milwaukee Journal article about opening night. I knew your vision could go awry if not properly channeled, so I was uncertain of how far I could go in my own participation. I just know that your performance elicited some very strong feelings, and galvanized some opinions-which until you challenged them, so adroitly (and deliciously) I did not realize were so ingrained and heart-felt! Thank you and BRAVO!
Jinx, you are one who takes suffering and transforms it into floods of creativity washing over and changing all of us who open our hearts to you. Thank you for the risk you take and the depths you visit.
You are a piece of magic. Every time I come to The Mode I am transformed. How did you come about being in our midst?
You are better than anything I’ve seen in New York or London. I couldn’t believe it when friends brought me to The Mode Theatre. The whole world needs to experience what you offer! I will find a way to return to the Midwest just to see what you come up with next.
I am not very good at expressing myself, but I just want you both to know how much I enjoyed knowing you and your boys for the past five years. This small town has been so very lucky to have had the experience and privilege of having such wonderful, giving and truly caring people grace their town. Jinx, you have touched the lives of so many with your wonderful gift of acting. I was very moved by your performances. I thank you both the New Year’s Eve galas. I will never forget your hospitality, the scrumptious food and drink, the entertainment and the fun time. You really know how to throw a party. Andy- you have so much talent yourself-The Nailer, screen printing, all you do for the town. We will miss your friendly smile. I will miss you more than you will ever know.
There are art galleries and theaters in almost every city but I have never experienced any like yours. Infused with a commitment and trust in life, you have created a magical place that welcomes all people and provides them a space to feel connected, acknowledged and alive. Your hard work and energy is apparent in everything you do. It is difficult to believe that you actually exist in our consumer, ego-driven world. I am still pinching myself after experiencing a splendid night at your theater.
You are a piece of magic. Every time I come to The Mode I am transformed. How did you come about being in our midst?
Thank you for your stunning performance the during our Birthday Celebration of the Madison Civic Center. As usual, you and your fellow artists were vibrant, lively, dramatic and believable. Storytelling is an art form well suited to adults as well as children, and you communicate that fact beautifully. Thank you for making our celebration special.
Jinx brings to our Civic Center’s series an indomitable energy which she controls with a great understanding of her stories and her audience. Her style is consistent and quite intoxicating. Her use of American Sign Language and her choice of stories make her an invaluable asset to our community.
May I congratulate you on your wonderful completion of a week of exciting radio drama.
The enthusiasm, the infectiousness of your performance came through the airwaves and touched all who listened. It was truly, a return to the great radio theatre of yesteryear.
The Upward Bound students and I wish to thank you for sharing your art of storytelling with us. You have a wonderful gift, and we were all enthralled with the magical qualities of your performance. You took them both insides themselves and also far above and beyond themselves.
I can’t begin to tell you how happy we are to have had the opportunity meet you and experience being a member of your audience. What magnificence. You have such great courage and depth. My husband and I were so moved in your performance. You have made a difference, Jinx, and I’m certain that every member of your audience was profoundly altered from the inside out.
It was a privilege to be in your company.
Thank you so very, very much for your many gifts to me. Each time I see you I leave feeling soothes, calmed and with renewed confidence that I, indeed, ‘we’ can all go on. You offer such supreme acceptance, kindness, and lack of judgment- and I feel a tremendous shift after leaving the theater. As I drove home I thought about the folks I know who call themselves social workers, helpers, healers – but you are brilliant without any labels. I am so fortunate to know you.
What a powerful performance. I was mesmerized. You are fearless…you have bared your thought to the wolves and walked away. You face pain and hurt and turn it into the sun’s beams. Your excitement is contagious.
I just read this morning about the flap at MacFarland. It sounds like a terribly uncomfortable experience, aggravated by the principal’s unwillingness to make a real learning experience out of the mess. I am writing to empathize and to remind you that you do good work. It takes courage to do what you do, then this situation illustrates why we need that courage. I’m sorry that the McFarland kids were not able to reap the rewards of your courage. I’m sorry that they were not able to answer your courage with the courage of their own. Keep the faith. I know you don’t need me to tell you this, but I wanted to remind you that you are supported, appreciated, valued. Don’t let the bastards get you down.
Just when we think people want to approach an age of enlightenment, some slams the cellar door to keep everyone in the dark. What’s really weird is that is is the people in the cellar who pull the portal shut. Read the newspaper coverage of the McFarland performance and your performance must have done its job because the press seemed like a continuation of the event. Keep going at it, Jinx. We’re lucky you are around to pry open the cellar door.
I want you to know how special it was for me to hang my photographs in your space. You are incredible people and I’m so happy to say I know you. Your gift of welcoming people into your home and workplace overwhelms me as never have I felt so comfortable as an artist.
What an incredible amount of research went into your production. I could sort of fingerspell with you but your facial touching, your alert but unfocused eyes. You must have spent so much time observing blind and deaf people in order to have your entire being down so well. You were Helen Keller! In body, mind, and soul.
Kudos on Striptease of the Soul. Superb. I was so glad I was there. Who was that New York artist that was there? Adrian Piper? You explore with a greater depth than any actress I have witnessed and you resonate so deeply with Jim and I.