Anne Thomas, one of the contributors to Sucker for Love, The Book, gives us some more details about her story. And offers top notch dating advice.
Which Sucker For Love show where you in? Was this your first storytelling show, or had you performed before, and if so where?
I was in the 2012 Sucker for Love show. I have performed several times at SpeakeasyDC before performing in this show.
How did it feel to revisit your story for this book? Did you have any challenges taking your story from the stage to the page?
Revisiting the story makes me wonder how Mourad is and the temptation to contact him becomes great, but I am letting that sleeping dog lie. My story was comprised of so much dialog I did not find it challenging to take it from the stage to the page. I just had to add descriptors that were apparent through the performance, but not written down.
How much, or in what ways, have your views on love, romance, or relationships changed since you first told this story?
I was pleasantly surprised at how supportive the audience was when I told this story. I expected shock at the age difference, but I did not expect the “you go Girl”, keep living large response. It affirmed for me that the age difference concern I had was a fear with little basis in reality. I feel that love is precious and you should grab it wherever you can. People are happy to see you happy.
If you were going to send a Valentine’s Day card to SpeakeasyDC, what would it say?
Thank you for loving me as I am. For encouraging me to share my life experiences with others, for creating a fun, safe place for all of us to connect. Each month you bring together a diverse group of people to celebrate all the vicissitudes of life. We all learn and grow through the stories we hear. You make a difference in all our lives for the better.
What’s your best piece of romantic advice?
Be authentic about who you are and what you need. If it’s not a match, better to know sooner than later. But if it is a match, it’s because they love who you are.
Anne B. Thomas: Born into captivity, raised within the cultural norms, Anne overcame a career as an attorney to become a performer. Craving more fun in her life, Anne took classes in Improv, solo performance and storytelling. She is now a professional storyteller residing in DC. She often performs at SpeakeasyDC, though just before every performance, full of anxiety, she wonders why she does this to herself! But after every performance, she is full of gratitude for the opportunity to go on a journey with a room full of people through the vissicitudes of life!