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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.


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). 

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 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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