I was fortunate enough to be asked to come on board as a “Storyteller” for Pillsbury House Theatre (www.pillsburyhousetheater.org) via a partnership with the LARK Consortium. Basically, over the course of 10 months, I have been chronicling issues surrounding Marcus Garley’s provocative new play “The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry,” which Pillsbury House will produce later this year.
This is a creative and exciting approach to audience and community engagement, as the Consortium is working with five theaters across the country, in order to bring this play, about a Black Seminole community struggling with their past and present, to a variety of audiences, and allow each center to present a unique interpretation of the work.
Learn more about the LARK Consortium, and this partnership by visiting: http://roadweeps.org/about/
You can also read up on the storytellers, at theaters and in communities around the country (including moi), on the site:
Check out Vol. I (Nov.-Dec. 2011) of THE ROAD WEEPS BULLETIN here. It gives an overview of Pillsbury House’s involvement in the LARK Initiative, and its upcoming production of “The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry.”
Vol. II (Jan.-Feb. 2012) can be accessed below. It is a short video of playwright Marcus Gardley describing some themes and ideas in the play.
Vol. III (Mar.-Apr. 2012) is an exploration
I am now in the process of assembling Vol. 4, which will explore the possible role that education can play in the Twin Cities, in terms of raising awareness of Native-Black encounters like “The Road Weeps…” explores. It should be posted on the Bulletin (roadweeps.org) by mid-May.
Stay tuned…And please visit past and recent bulletins to share your thoughts. I am really interested to hear what folks think about all of this.