This is the result of a writing exercise I did for the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy (ITJA) at the Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in Denver Colorado during February of 2016. I observed a mirror for ten minutes at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown, then had twenty minutes to write a description.


As tall, and even taller than human beings, the mirror reflected the great room in which it was held. Every movement – whether a step forward or back, a sway, or a tilt of the head – warped the surroundings. Coming closer to the mirror, the background spread away, bringing focus to the objects at the forefront. A small spray of dust distracted from the reflection, as did the wipe markings of previous cleanings. The lamps on either side of the mirror emitted a light that brought out the softness of every face that passed by. A black frame with an inner gold lining and golden texture held the mirror in place. At the top of the mirror, the inner frame lining shined brightly gold with the reflection of the light. Closer to the mirror than its twin, one lamp’s light brought out a brown in the dark frame that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. As people passed further away, the softness the lamps were so kind to illuminate fell away from their bodies, and they became further consumed into the warped world of the mirror.