From Oral History to Readers’ Theatre

Traverse City, Michigan: The Voices Project presents “What Will Be in the Fields Tomorrow,” a Readers Theatre piece that took shape from oral history interviews for a documentary about small farmers and the challenges they face.

[Cynthia Vagnetti, Agriculatural/Rural Life researcher and Julie Avery, historian] decided that the project had wings beyond the television documentary that Vagnetti original created. They decided to give the piece a “stage presence” in order to let these voices continue their message. What they came up with is a Readers’ Theatre piece that gives a vehicle for the voices of farm women from the mid-west.

“Readers’ Theatre is often used by playwrights to get input into their work before it’s staged,” she said. “But also increasingly Readers’ Theater, as a process, is used a lot with social issues.”

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on March 09, 2006 in • AfterwardsOral history in the news
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