by Lisa Marie Davis, Marist Italy MA 2013-14
It had been a long day of exploring the outskirts of Florence when I decided to call my friend to confirm dinner plans for the evening. As I was walking through Piazzale degli Uffizi my phone was snatched out of my hand and replaced with a shoe. No, my phone was not stolen but became a prop for the afternoon impromptu show with Grey the Mime. He took my phone in exchange for his shoe (as if that is a proper replacement), and continued to have a ‘conversation’ with my friend. I decided to just go with it, and so I proceeded to have a conversation with his fictitious friend on his cellular device: his beat up and slightly smelly shoe. My friend was dying with laughter and taking pictures as I played along in this performance and could not believe that I was so okay with him taking my phone, but this was not my first encounter with Grey.
It had been almost two years since I first saw Grey in action. Every Saturday I use to go to Piazzale degli Uffizi to see his live performance with the children I was a nanny for. It truly was and still is a riot to see the way he interacts with bystanders, bridging the gap between all people groups. For those two hours you are united with the people around you through laughter.