The train car was just jam-packed with people so I was forced to stand as we jerked past the Fullerton Red Line stop toward Howard. My tired eyes, witnesses of a long day, gaze out at the moving world decorated with the glowing lights of the city. Eventually people begin to empty out of the train car, I begin to study the faces of others on my train: an older gentleman clutching his cane as he sits down, staring out a window mumbling to himself, a mother and her two children who can’t seem to sit still. Then, my I notice a girl, perhaps my age, who’s been sneaking a few glances at me. We make eye-contact for a fraction of a second and immediately look away. We continue to share glances as the train progresses. She’s pretty and I want to talk to her. But I don’t. Instead, I get off the train at my stop, giving the girl one last glance, never to see her again.
Missed connections; we all have them. People meet in random places, they say ‘goodbye’, and never see each other again. Others like myself, who are less bold, suppress the urge to initiate conversation in the first place! In either case, we are left with nothing but regret. We go on with our lives realizing that we missed out on the possibility of making new friends and creating strong relationships with others. There’s a distinct desire to find this person again, to continue the conversation. But how? It was out of this phenomena that online forums and personal advertisement platforms were created! Now, we can temper that initial regret by tapping into the internet’s informative capacities, hoping our missed connection will one day see it.
I Saw You is a performance that presents multiple anonymous postings from personal advertisement or missed connection forums from all over the city! Some are romantic, others humorous, but all very worthy of being read or listened to!
I Saw You will be performed by The Bruised Orange Theater Company at Hamburger Mary’s, a local hamburger joint here in Edgewater! The next showing is Monday, December 7th at 8 PM. Tickets are only $5 and with a bit more money, you can enjoy a delicious meal with the hilarious show. Click here to learn more!