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
Anne Undeland - Playwright: 2019 WAM Theatre: Lady Randy. Writing: As a playwright Anne is an active member of Berkshire Voices, Berkshire Playwrights Lab's writing group, and Howl Playwrights out of Rhinebeck, NY. Her short plays, The Kiss and Another Party of the Wood, were selected for BPL's Radius Festival in 2018 and 2019. The Kiss won best play at Writer's Voice Ten Minute Play Festival at the West Side Y in New York in the spring of 2018. Lady Randy is her first full length play. Online: www.anneundeland.com.
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.
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”.
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.