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Welcome to Episode 4 of Covid Conversations, a micro series in theater simple’s podcast, Park Bench. For episodes 3 & 4 we are exploring thoughts on being a citizen; citizenship, citizenry and one’s culture around these ideas.

Full transparency; Episode 3 dropped on December 14, with this episode slated for publication for shortly thereafter. But as that month saw the growing challenges towards our elections, driving towards the events of January 6th, 2021, the subject of “Being A Citizen” took on a new context. And so with fresh ears, we went back to the editing room.

With that as our backdrop, we’ve got a kaleidoscope of people from across the country and around the world for you to hear, really diving into a complex conversation.
It certainly brought into the light that being a citizen is not always about a piece of paper, but about being a piece of a community. As we noted in the VOTING podcasts, it was actually quite heartening to hear common notes among these various perspectives.

Our NEW music is the splendid and exceptional work of Brent Arnold and Scott Adams. Check out their work: 

  • Scott Adams:  birdsmaybite.bandcamp.com    
  • Brent Arnold: brentarnold.bandcamp.com

FURTHER SUGGESTIONS and RESOURCES to practice your citizenship:
WASHMASKS! https://www.washmasks.org
This mutual aid initiative consists of teachers, school administrators, and arts educators from across Washington who are on a mission to collect/distribute masks for the migrant communities in the state. “Migrant workers are essential workers who are exposed to high-risk conditions due to lack of PPE masks being made available to them. Every meal we eat is made possible by farm workers who work regardless of heat, cold, rain, snow, and now a pandemic.” 

CITIZEN UNIVERSITY - https://citizenuniversity.us   Spreading the belief and skills that a strong democracy depends on strong citizens — and that we all have the power to make change in civic life and the responsibility to try. Seattle and across the US.

FOOD BANKS

MUTUAL AID societies – all over the country – search up “Mutual Aid” + your group of interest

REAL RENT Duwamish https://www.realrentduwamish.org

  • Live in Seattle? All donated funds go directly to Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS) to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe, the ancestral stewards of this area. (Be a good neighbor, won’t you?)

 

PARK BENCH is an interactive public art piece that often resembles a tiny park on a rolling hill, where we invite people to have a seat and have a chat from a slightly different perspective. We ask you to tell us your thoughts, and we’ll tell the world.  But…. COVID-19 has impacted our lives/work, too -  SO we adapt~

These are recorded phone calls and cellphone-recorded voice memos. You will hear differences in recording quality as we go, but hopefully you can still hear the CONVERSATION, and engage with that wherever you are.

If you would like to be part of a future podcast, check out our website at theatersimple.org. You will find a link to COVID CONVERSATIONS, as well as past episodes, under PODCASTS.  
Jump in and submit your thoughts -

NEXT TOPIC: CREATIVITY and ART in a time of Pandemic & Isolation

 

theater simple acknowledges that we live and work on land that is the traditional territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish Tribe (Dkhw Duw’Absh), a people that are still here, continuing to honor and bring to light their ancient heritage.
We thank them for their stewardship and example. https://www.realrentduwamish.org

The Park Bench interviews were conducted by Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky (who is also the main editor of Park Bench). 

https://theatersimple.org/support-us
Thanks so much for listening.  If you liked what your heard, and would like to support us, by donating the equivalent of a fancy tea (for Llysa) or coffee (for Andrew) or a drink with us(!!), or even toss a bill into our virtual busker’s hat, we’d be grateful. If you don’t have those resources right now, we hope you enjoy these as a gift and pass the gift along. (This is a much better option to spread virally than COVID, right?)
AND -We hope to see you on the Park Bench someday. 
Have a seat and tell us your thoughts.  We’ll tell the world.

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Welcome to episode 3 of COVID CONVERSATIONS a micro-series in theater simple’s podcast, PARK BENCH.  

For episodes 3 & 4 we are exploring thoughts on being a “CITIZEN”.   Citizenship. Citizenry.
One’s culture around these ideas -
How one thinks about the IDEA of being a citizen – how do you integrate that into your life?  
Do you even think about it?

We’ve got a kaleidoscope of perspectives from folx across the political spectrum and around the world who recorded their thoughts for us, really diving into a complex conversation.
It certainly brought into the light that being a citizen is not always about a piece of paper, but about being a piece of a community. As we noted in the VOTING podcasts, it was actually quite heartening to hear common notes among these various perspectives.

FURTHER SUGGESTIONS and RESOURCES to practice your citizenship:
WASHMASKS! https://www.washmasks.org
This mutual aid initiative consists of teachers, school administrators, and arts educators from across Washington who are on a mission to collect/distribute masks for the migrant communities in the state. “Migrant workers are essential workers who are exposed to high-risk conditions due to lack of PPE masks being made available to them. Every meal we eat is made possible by farm workers who work regardless of heat, cold, rain, snow, and now a pandemic.” 

CITIZEN UNIVERSITY - https://citizenuniversity.us   Spreading the belief and skills that a strong democracy depends on strong citizens — and that we all have the power to make change in civic life and the responsibility to try. Seattle and across the US.

FOOD BANKS

MUTUAL AID societies – all over the country – search up “Mutual Aid” + your group of interest

REAL RENT Duwamish https://www.realrentduwamish.org

  • Live in Seattle? All donated funds go directly to Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS) to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe, the ancestral stewards of this area. (Be a good neighbor, won’t you?)

 

PARK BENCH is an interactive public art piece that often resembles a tiny park on a rolling hill, where we invite people to have a seat and have a chat from a slightly different perspective. We ask you to tell us your thoughts, and we’ll tell the world.  But…. COVID-19 has impacted our lives/work, too -  SO we adapt~

These are recorded phone calls and cellphone-recorded voice memos. You will hear differences in recording quality as we go, but hopefully you can still hear the CONVERSATION, and engage with that wherever you are.

If you would like to be part of a future podcast, check out our website at theatersimple.org. You will find a link to COVID CONVERSATIONS, as well as past episodes, under PODCASTS.  
Jump in and submit your thoughts -

NEXT TOPIC & deadline: CREATIVITY and ART in a time of Pandemic & Isolation 1.8.21

Our NEW music is the splendid and exceptional work of Brent Arnold and Scott Adams. Check out their work: 

  • Scott Adams:  birdsmaybite.bandcamp.com    
  • Brent Arnold: brentarnold.bandcamp.com

 

theater simple acknowledges that we live and work on land that is the traditional territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish Tribe (Dkhw Duw’Absh), a people that are still here, continuing to honor and bring to light their ancient heritage.
We thank them for their stewardship and example. https://www.realrentduwamish.org

The Park Bench interviews were conducted by Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky (who is also the main editor of Park Bench). 

https://theatersimple.org/support-us
Thanks so much for listening.  If you liked what your heard, and would like to support us, by donating the equivalent of a fancy tea (for Llysa) or coffee (for Andrew) or a drink with us(!!), or even toss a bill into our virtual busker’s hat, we’d be grateful. If you don’t have those resources right now, we hope you enjoy these as a gift and pass the gift along. (This is a much better option to spread virally than COVID, right?)
AND -We hope to see you on the Park Bench someday. 
Have a seat and tell us your thoughts.  We’ll tell the world.

Read Full Post »

Welcome to the second part of COVID CONVERSATIONS: a micro-series in theater simple's PARK BENCH. For our first topic we are exploring "voting"; one's culture around voting, not necessarily one's political affiliations, but how one thinks about the act of voting, what voting means to us as Americans.  We spoke with folks from ages 11 to 93 from across the US and even overseas.

PARK BENCH is usually an interactive art project that looks a little like a rolling hill, where people have a seat and tell us their thoughts from a unique perspective.  But, COVID-19 has grounded our in-person work. For this episode we recorded phone calls and received cell phone voice memos.  We received so many inspiring submissions, we are turning this first topic into TWO episodes.  If you haven't listened to Part 1, these episodes stand alone, but do check it out.  It's right below this episode in the Park Bench feed.

We found it reassuring to hear similar statements and philosophies from both sides of the political aisle; and we accept and acknowledge that there are deep challenges to be tackled and resolved around these ideas of representation, and even who is allowed to vote.  But listening to these recordings, we believe that we as a country have many more commonalities than differences.

For now, here is Episode 2 of COVID CONVERSATIONS: VOTING

https://theatersimple.org

 

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Welcome to COVID CONVERSATIONS: a micro-series in theater simple's PARK BENCH. For our first topic we are exploring "voting"; one's culture around voting, not necessarily one's political affiliations, but how one thinks about the act of voting, what voting means to us as Americans.  We spoke with folks from ages 11 to 93 from across the US and even overseas.

Park bench is usually an interactive art project that looks a little like a rolling hill, where people have a seat and tell us their thoughts from a unique perspective.  But, COVID 19 has grounded our in-person work. For this episode we recorded phone calls and received cell phone voice memos.  We received so many inspiring submissions, we are turning this first topic into two episodes.

We found it reassuring to hear similar statements and philosophies from both sides of the political aisle; and we accept and acknowledge that there are deep challenges to be tackled and resolved around these ideas of representation, and even who is allowed to vote.  But listening to these recordings, we believe that we as a country have many more commonalities than differences.

For now, here is Episode 1 of COVID CONVERSATIONS: VOTING

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NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 4

Welcome to Park Bench, theater simple's mobile interview outpost where we invite people to have a seat…and have a chat.   This is the fourth and final installment of our collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium. If you haven’t heard Parts 1, 2 or 3, you can find them just down the podcast stream.

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant national community of over 350 members, including theater simple.

The 2017 National Gathering brought together NET members, artists, educators, activists, funders, policy makers, and others with an interest in collaborative creation across disciplines.

They Gathered for four days, just after midsummer on the beautiful campus of The University of Washington. And Park Bench was there, talking with participants about the importance of Art and Ensemble Theatre practice, and The Gathering itself. We generated so much great sound, that we have spread it over 4 half hour podcasts.

And now we present Part Four of Past/Forward: The 2017 NET National Gathering and Syposium.

Contents

0:00 – 2:00: Intro

2:01 – 5:45: Jonathan Clark, The Carpetbag Theatre (Knoxville, TN)

5:51 – 9:45: Michelle Dahlenburg, Texas State University (San Marcos, TX)

9:49 – 10:27: Travis Coe, Double Edge Theatre (Ashfield, MA)

10:31 –11:13: Scarlet Rivera, Letter of Marque Theater Company (Brooklyn, NY)

11:15 – 12:55: Sally Ollove, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret (Philadelphia, PA)

13:00 – 16:30: Debórah Eliezer, foolsFURY Theater (San Francisco, CA)

16:37 -- 18:40: Godfrey Simmons, NET Board, Civic Ensemble & Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

18:47 -- 21:22: Heather L. Barfield, Ph.D, The VORTEX (Austin, TX)

21:28 – 24:13:  Shoshana Bass, Sandglass Puppet Theater  (Putney, VT)

24:17 -- 26:35: Gerard Stropnicky, NET Board & Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble Emeritus (Danville, PA)

26:47 -- 30:22: Claudia Alick, NET Board, Co-President & Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR)

31:19 -- 32:22: Outro

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This is the third installment of our four episode collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant national community of over 350 members, including theater simple.

The 2017 National Gathering brought together NET members, artists, educators, activists, funders, policy makers, and others with an interest in collaborative creation across disciplines.

Many thanks to everyone who stopped to chat with Simpletons Andrew Litzky and Llysa Holland.

0:00 - 1:53: Intro

1:54 - 5:55: Terry Greiss, Irondale Ensemble (Brooklyn, NY)
6:00 - 9:45: Robin Stamey, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)
9:46 - 16:25: Brian Jones & Carrie J. Cole, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, PA)
16:30 - 19:30: Chris Bange, Independent Artist
19:35 - 22:17: Tara Khozein, Theater Grottesco (Santa Fe, NM)
22:28 - 26.34: Lucia Neare, Lucia Neare's Theatrical  Wonders (Seattle, WA)
26:36 - 28:56  Larry Bogad
Center for Tactical Performance & U.C. Davis (Berkeley, CA)
29:04 - 30:12: Sherrine Azab, A Host of People & Network of Ensemble Theaters (Detroit, MI)
30:21 - 34:46: Meena Natarajan, Pangea World Theater (Minneapolis, MN) 
35:03 - 36:06: Outro

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Welcome to Park Bench, theater simple's mobile interview outpost where we invite people to have a seat…and have a chat.   This is the second installment of our four episode collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant national community of over 350 members, including theater simple. The 2017 National Gathering brought together NET members, artists, educators, activists, funders, policy makers, and others with an interest in collaborative creation across disciplines.

They Gathered for four days, just after midsummer on the beautiful campus of The University of Washington. And Park Bench was there, talking with participants about the importance of Art and Ensemble Theatre practice, and The Gathering itself. We generated so much great sound, that we have spread it over 4 half hour podcasts.

 
0:00 - 1:50: Intro
1:53 - 8:00: Helen Stoltzfus, Black Swan Arts & Media (Oakland, CA)

8:05 - 10:38: Jake Hooker, A Host of People (Detroit, MI)
10:39 - 13:15: Diane Baas, In Good Company & University of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
13:24 - 17:09: Sam Kelley, Playwright & Educator, State University of New York at Cortland (Cortland, NY)
17:10 - 20:33: Jessica Massart, Dance and Theater Performance Lead, Kickstarter (New York, NY)
20:40 - 23:20: Scott Magelssen, Associate Professor of Theater History, University of Washington(Seattle, WA)
23:28 - 26:35: Maria Glanz, UMO Ensemble (Vashon, WA)
26:36 - 29:42: Gabriel Grilli, BrickaBrack Ensemble (New York, NY)
33:48 - 36:56 John Flax, Theater Grottesco (Santa Fe, NM)
37:05 - 38:32: Outro

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