As part of Forman School's ongoing creative performance series in the Jake Cloobeck '16 Theater in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, actor-poet-psychologist Michael Fowlin, performed his piece "You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me."
In his second appearance at Forman, Fowlin set up several chairs on the stage that represented men and women of various ages, religions, and ethnic groups. As he told the stories of these people, Fowlin related how each of them had a connection to his own personal story. Provoking thought, laughter, and tears, Fowlin guided students through a loving lesson on the importance of understanding and how we never really know someone's story until they tell it to us and how important it is to be kind to each other, under all circumstances.
"We never really know what the people around us, even our closest friends, are dealing with on a daily basis," said one student. "So it's important to be thoughtful and kind in all our interactions. I loved the show because it made me think and it made me smile."
"I loved the show because it reminded that I do this every day and that I have to keep being kind and polite when I deal with other people," said another student. "Mr. Fowlin also reminded me of how good it makes me feel when others show me kindness and understanding. The show was great way to illustrate that this is how we all should live. I loved it."