By EllaRose Chary
When Steve and I put together the new R & D group at the beginning of the season, we often identify themes across the diverse projects, looking at how these new works will speak to each other over the course of the development process. The broad conversation that appears to be happening between these new pieces this year has to do with larger questions of community and origin stories. How are we connected to each other, and in turn how do those connections play out in a larger societal framework?
In Caroline V. McGraw’s BELIEVELAND, Carrie – based on the playwright – looks at the relationship of her parents to the talented, but now obscure, poet D. A. Levy, and in doing so reveals a larger narrative about the city of Cleveland and America’s rust belt. Caroline took over the Civilians’ social media pages this week, and she posted photos and primary sources for her research which you can check out here and here. The presentation will be directed by R & D director Jay Stull. Catch Caroline’s presentation this afternoon (May 7th) at 2 PM.
|Show & Tell|
Winter Miller’s SPARE RIB is one of our more experimental pieces this year and digs into the topic of abortion. The piece has cross cultural and historical elements that wind through a stream of consciousness narrative, that speaks to both community and origin. Directed by R & D Group director Alex Keegan, Winter will present her work on May 11 at 2:00 PM.
|Bull's Hollow flag|
You can read more about the shows and get the full schedule and locations on the R and D page of The Civilians website here.