“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
— Robert F. Kennedy at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, 1966
For those who don’t know me, I’m Ginger Aña Dayla, a theatre and film artist and producer, as well as a student of American history, based on the East Coast. You can regularly find me working on Broadway, as well as regionally in Philadelphia, my hometown, Washington, D.C., Boston, and other cities.
This quote has inspired me for so long, throughout my many incarnations as an artists and political activist. When I decided to pursue a career as an actress, and later switching to writer and director, it inspired me. When I worked as a Senate page in Washington, D.C. while still a naive college student, it inspired me then as well.
The work of Robert F. Kennedy has been in my life since before I was born, having inspired many of my family members to become politically active, with several of them working with the Kennedy family at various points in their lives. I made the biggest mark in my carer as a theatre artist when I directed the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. premiere of an unknown play called “RFK”, by a still unknown playwright named Jack Holmes. My production, with , put his play on the map and brought attention back to Bobby just when we needed it — when then President Barack Obama was running for re-election in 2012. Since then, the focus of my work has become developing political theatre, and now film and television as well. I do this by constantly reading current books, as well as historical ones, seeing as much theatre and film that is current event based as I can, constantly going to museums and historic sites, and of course staying on top of the everyday onslaught of breaking news since the new White House era has set in.
This blog is an extension of my work as an artists, and also a place to stay on top of all of my latest research and areas of interest. But most importantly, it is a place to celebrate the work and ideals of the person who set into motion my most many faceted career, Bobby Kennedy. As many a grandpa used to say, “They don’t make ’em like they used to!” That is certainly true, but with some political activism and a tiny ripple of hope, I strive to be more like Bobby every day.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
I hope to see you back at my page again soon. I am officially kicking off the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bobby Kennedy’s Presidential campaign by posting a link to a video, article, or inspiring book by or about him every day in June. Please join me back here for more things theatre, film, American history, politics, and of course Bobby Kennedy. I hope to inspire you to be as excited and passionate about our nation’s history and future as I am.
Ginger Aña Dayla
May 30, 2018