The day after the show, I joked with Sam, “from now on, you have to give all Indy Hall tours in the style of Shakespeare.”
Then on her last day before heading off to grad school, she handed me a print out. It was a Shakespearean sonnet she wrote based on the Indy Hall tour, published below.
Sam, we will miss you! 🎭
Hullo good gentles, I bid thee welcome
to fair Indy Hall, our coworking home!
I ask thee now, wherefore didst thou here come?
Mine ears hear muchly, to not work alone.
To work alone is meadow without grass
Our community is garden in bloom
The caring therein will not be surpass’d,
Therefore together we stave off our gloom.
Feast thine eyes upon yon desks, black and tan
Alight on black desks a full timer’s home,
Light desks, by window, or even to stand
Preferring flexibility, may roam.
If needst thou conference, to close a door
Reserve yonder room, of that to be sure.
See now the lunchroom, to feast and gather
Knowst thou how midday meal, all man must eat
Connect over eating, that we’d rather
Lively tit-a-tat here cannot be beat
And whenst thou hast a desire or need
In work or life for us to contribute
Three hundred members, ready to take heed
Not all of them here, some do distribute
Throughout our time here we live by a code
Take care of thyself, each other, this place
With such intention this be your abode
And in caring grant one another grace
People be the core of Indy Hall
Like tower without foundation, we’d fall.
Speak now of logistics, essential
Yon password for net be coworking
Staff present till 6, inconsequential
For keyholders stay, their work not shirking
Whilst keyholders stay, thou canst be here
Ev’ry Tuesday be Night Owls, evening hours
A time someone is here, work without fear
Who’ll let you in with keyholding powers
How often shall we see thee? Good to know
For membership be how oft thy attend
We be flexible for plans decrease, grow
For attendance tell us how much time spent
Let us talk of online tools, Groupbuzz, Slack
Once finding connection thou canst go back.
If you’ve never been to a show at Philly Improv Theater, check out their calendar. Most of their shows are under $10, and it’s easily some of the best value entertainment in the entire city.
And if you’ve never been to Indy Hall for a tour, you can reserve a tour time for free! It might even be given in iambic pentameter (but probably not).