PRESS RELEASE: The Abolition Movement in Farmington: A Community-Based Documentary Theatre Project

Stanley-Whitman House and Via Arts, LLC announce their search for volunteers for the creation of: “The Abolition Movement in Farmington: A Community-Based Documentary Theatre Project”

By Enza Giannone Hosig

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Farmington, CT Via Arts Executive Director and project facilitator, Dr. Giannone Hosig, has partnered with Stanley-Whitman House (SWH) to undertake a documentary theatre project in the summer of 2015. Documentary theatre is a type of reality theatre that takes true stories of real living people and secondary research sources (in this case research from SWH’s Farmington Slavery Research Project) and turns them into a scripted play. This project investigates the abolition movement in Farmington and the town’s complex relationship to slavery. 

 Dr. Giannone Hosig and SWH Executive Director Lisa Johnson seek diverse adult and high school aged volunteers with interest in dramatizing the silenced voices of Farmington’s captive peoples and shedding light on a painful and lingering time in US history. Experience in any area of theatre or research is preferred, but is not necessary. This is an experiential learning process. A significant portion of the project includes preparation in the collection and performance of research.

We seek all types of volunteers with varying levels of experience. ADULTS AND TEENS OF COLOR ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT ENZA WITH THEIR INTERESTS IN TELLING THE MOST ETHICAL AND AUTHENTIC STORY POSSIBLE.

Play development will primarily take place at Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington, CT. Volunteers will meet with Enza over a period of eight weeks beginning with an informational “meet and greet” on Saturday June 28, 2015 at 1:00 p. m. at SWH. The project will culminate with a presentation for an audience in August. There is no cost for participation.

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS PROJECT OR IF YOU HAVE A STUDENT YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND, PLEASE CONTACT ENZA TO EXPRESS INTEREST BY JUNE 15TH 2015.

About Stanley-Whitman House. Stanley-Whitman House is a living history center and museum that teaches through the collection, preservation, research, and dynamic interpretation of the history and culture of early Farmington, CT. To learn more about the Farmington Slavery Research Project visit: www.captivepeople.stanleywhitman.org.

About Via Arts, LLC and Enza Giannone Hosig. Via Arts, LLC is an arts service organization that specializes in professional development, community and civic engagement, and assessment in and through the arts. Enza Giannone Hosig, co-founder and Executive Director of Via Arts, has been performing, directing, and teaching theatre to people of all ages for over twenty years. Enza holds her BFA in Acting from New York University where she also received her MA in Educational Theatre. Last year Enza graduated with her doctorate in Theatre with a focus in Theatre for Youth and Communities. Her dissertation examines how urban youth experience making original documentary social justice theatre; the American Educational Research Associations' Arts-Based Educational Research Group recently awarded this study with the 2015 Outstanding Dissertation Award.

 

Contact

To learn more about the project or to express your interest please contact:

Enza Giannone Hosig

860-946-0474

enza@via-arts.org

www.via-arts.org