D.C.: Amy Rebecca Marsico is one of very few people I know who, if she senses that I’m ‘down’, will consider that maybe it’s because of something that has happened elsewhere – it’s in the news, it’s on the internet, it’s some escapeable piece of news that I cannot or will not escape. I love her commitment to the betterment of this planet and her optimistic approach to working for a better future for the people who inhabit it. You’ve heard the phrase – ‘Think globally, act locally.’. For Amy, the global is local.
I have another friend who will say (I think it’s a quote, although I don’t know to whom it is to be attributed), ‘Seek first to understand and then to be understood.’ That is Amy Rebecca Marsico wherever she is - stage managing a 23 truck National Tour of a theatrical production, or one on one with a friend or co-worker.
Spring? Summer? Fall? Winter? Your favorite and why?
Amy: Living in Brooklyn, my favorite season is summer. I take great pleasure in going to the farmers market at Grand Army Plaza — nothing beats the local produce. And my bike rides are incredible. I can bike to the beach in under an hour. I love hot weather and the summer is the only season where I am not cold!
Do you visit YouTube online? To learn? To be entertained? If there is ONE video on YouTube that you would insist your best friend watch – which one is it? If there’s one that you would want the President of the United States to watch – which one is that?
Amy: I don’t visit YouTube that often. When I do it’s usually to watch a video that’s been recommended. If I was going to choose one video for others to watch it would be the Girl Effect, which is about the need to invest in adolescent girls in the developing world. The most successful YouTube videos make us feel like we are part of something bigger than ourselves. The Girl Effect does a great job of that!
If you could wake up one morning with a talent and/or skill that you don’t feel that you have currently but would like to possess – what would it be?
Amy: I’d love to wake up fluent in Arabic. It’s a language I’ve always wanted to learn.
If April lives up to it’s reputation – we’re in for some showers – is there
anything you give yourself permission to do on a rainy day that puts a smile on your face?
Amy: I love rainy days. Light rain is great for taking walks in the park. I almost never carry an umbrella.
I have been thinking lately that a large part of what makes someone attractive to another is their ‘potential’. Taking it out of the context of romance – do you agree? I am beginning to think that one of the reasons senior citizens become ‘invisible’ in this society is that we like to align ourselves with a perceived ‘potential’ and, as a culture, we don’t see theirs…Am I on to something or am I projecting my fears of aging onto the culture?
Amy: I would agree that a person’s potential is attractive. I also think we are drawn to people who are actively pursuing their dreams, who are taking risks to fully manifest their potential. You are onto something with ageism. It’s a huge problem. In our society, older people aren’t often seen as unique individuals with resources, gifts and capabilities. Our culture tends to be very focused on the individual as opposed to the group, which also ties into your theory on the perception that older people do not have potential.Is there a nursery rhyme or children’s story you heard as a child that you found comforting? One that you found disturbing?
Amy: My father gave me a book of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales for my 11th birthday. I was fascinated by those stories but some of them are really disturbing. The Red Shoes, for example, is about a girl who goes to an executioner to have her feet cut off because she is unable to stop dancing. The shoes take on a life of their own.
Do you have a cell phone with photo taking capabilities?
Amy: I do! I’m having so much fun with instagram, which allows you to choose different filters for your image.
D.C.: I asked Amy for a photo that she has taken with her phone that she particularly enjoys.
Amy: Here is my photo to the left: Coney Island Beach. I took this using instagram. The filter I chose makes it look faded and old.
How do you define ‘peace’?
Amy: Peace is not something static or final. It’s not a peace agreement that is hammered out between a small group of people at the end of a war. It’s the process of transforming relationships and structures that are in conflict. It’s dynamic and constantly changing and requires participation from all levels of society.
Do you think it is achievable personally?
Amy: I work on peace every day. But peace on a personal level is difficult to achieve as long as there are deep inequalities and injustices in our society. We’re all connected.
Amy: When people have a say in decisions that affect their lives and spaces are created to work on justice issues, peace is more likely.