Written by George Ding
Narrated by Nicolas D. Frantela
Music – Haunting by Cerulean Crayons
(Heads up – It had to be split into two part. If you have YouTube Annotations on, a link to the second part should come up.)
Why is it that so many of my friends are authors? Here is another talented friend that I met in college. George and I met on the very first day at college when I had just moved into the dorm. We were in line to get “complimentary” pizza (when you pay $160,000 on a college education, I don’t consider anything complimentary; you’re paying for it all), and started to chitchat a little. I mentioned that I was an actor and he asked what plays I had done. Not knowing how acclimated to the world of theatre he was, I picked well-known pieces (Gypsy, Anything Goes, Death of a Salesman), to which he gave no reaction. I decided to tell him some of the more abstract pieces I had been in (Marat/Sade, a circus show called Anonymity, No Exit), even though I was pretty sure he would also stare blankly back at me. Instead, his eyes went wide, he gripped my shoulders with his hands, and said louder than I think he realized, “YOU ACTUALLY SPOKE THE LINE ‘HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE’!” Turns out that George was an existentialist and loved Sartre. Extremely smart, with a dry wit that can actually cut you, George is a writer and director, and one of my best friends. I just wish the bastard would move back from China already.