ALBANY, N. Y. -- "Sometimes we start to believe the voices in our mind that say," Kym Le Dorsey said.
"So obviously, the problem was with me," another actor added.
Alex Hovet said, "As an artist I've been rejected."
Le Dorsey added, "Be normal."
"As a person."
"What's wrong with you?"
"I must work harder."
"As a woman."
These are the voices of those coping with pain.
Allison Lerman-Gluck, The Rejection Project 518 Director explained, "It can be very isolating to be a part of something that is amorphous or where you don't know exactly where you fit in."
'The Rejection Project 518' is a play comprised of stories collected from Albany communities.
"At first I said to them, I don't get rejected, I don't have this issue in my life," Le Dorsey said.
Each one different but all the same.
"So right now I'm sitting here as a 51 year old trans woman but inside I feel like a 15 year old girl," Le Dorsey said.
Only in this room, people aren't shot down.
They are empowered by their experiences.
"I hope people will be more sympathetic more empathetic to other people," Hovet, The Rejection Project 518 Co-Director said.
Le Dorsey added, "When I didn't think I could do it, even right up until this last day I didn't feel I could do it."
Free to find acceptance in each other and within themselves.
"How sad would this world be if anybody who made art of any kind and was rejected just once stopped making art? The world would be that much less beautiful," another actor said.
The Rejection Project plays at Albany Barn Friday, July 10th and Saturday July 11th at 8:00PM.
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