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This oral history theater project is an overdue exploration and celebration of Tyringham, Massachusetts’ women. It should reflect stories from similar rural towns where women’s voices have been tucked away for generations. Through recorded oral history interviews with a cross section of Tyringham women an original theater piece will be written and performed. The mission is to collect, examine and articulate the women’s individual and collective experiences, opinions and aspirations. 

Phase One - Oral History Interviews/Research 12/18 - 6/19

Phase Two - Script Writing & Staged Reading 6/19 - 12/19

Phase Three - Production Summer 2020

Read Ann Gallo’s article on her “Oral History Transcript to Script” workshop at the British Library in London. Posted on the Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center’s Blog.

Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center’s Blog on “Women of Tyringham” Writing Process

Research on storytelling: John O’Neal says, ““I’ve been struggling to find the way art contributes to the way people live and solve problems”.

Filmed in November 2012, this conversation with John O'Neal, co-founder of Free Southern Theater and founding Artistic Director of Junebug Productions centers around Mr. O'Neal's values and aesthetics that have guided his approach to art-making over the span of his 50+ year career as a civil rights organizer, playwright, director and actor.

Women of Tyringham: Experiences of the Fifty-one Percent is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of “Our Town Tyringham Project” must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Support from the Tyringham Cultural Council

Support from the Tyringham Cultural Council