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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

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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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