CARAVAN CHRONICLES: ReUnion

INDIANA, PA

April 28, 2021 - a gleeful faux-family reunion around a vintage Airstream Trailer, creating and expanding a family's connection who have only just met

Attendance was limited, as a relaxed, outdoor performance, masked & socially distant.

The SITE was accessible & we had ASL Interpretation. (livestreamed to FB and YouTube)
If you have any accessibility needs, please reach out so we can assist. info@theatersimple.org

theater simple, The Lively Arts at IUP and The Dept of Theatre, Dance and Performance collaborated on an interactive theater project that is part documentary podcast series (see PARK BENCH to the right), and part public performance, encouraging connection in distancing times. 
An expansive and inclusive series of events, CARAVAN CHRONICLES will amuse and inspire ‘family’ of all ages, shapes and sizes, whether in person or online.

Included events in IUP's OAK GROVE -

  • HAIKU LAUNDRY LINE
  • STORY PLATES
  • GIANT TIC-TAC-TOE
  • LITTLE HOUSE
  • WEE ROLLING HOUSE

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THE PEOPLE OF INDIANA, PA

(new content released 4/28-5/27/2021)

PARK BENCH in INDIANA, PA 

BELOW IS A SERIES OF AUDIO INTERVIEWS THAT, LIKE A LIBRARY, YOU CAN 'CHECK OUT' TO HEAR VOICES AND PERSONALITIES OF INDIANA, PA    (Please explore & come back to see what's new!!)


PARK BENCH, an award-winning podcast series that, for 15 years, has offered a different perspective on a place, an event & the ideas that communities are wrestling with... You tell us, and we tell the world.

Here in Indiana, April 2021, while in residence, we collected OVER 60 "audio conversations" to create an, admittedly incomplete, sketch of the community. Our goal is to explore what connects people to this area, why they are here, what gives them a sense of "place" and community.

Now, thanks to the generosity of these several dozen residents, folks Close By as well as Far Away & around the world can get a glimpse of Life Here Now.

These interviews give voice to neighbors, business people, kiddos, elders, IUP students & alumni, community leaders as well as the often unheard. Some have been here for generations - others are recent imports. We were on Zoom for some, at an Art Walk in downtown Indiana, at the Senior Center and in the Oak Grove on the IUP campus.

WELCOME TO PARK BENCH, Indiana, PA.

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THE AUDIO LIBRARY OF INDIANA, PA (check out the voices!)

Deep and abiding gratitude to OUR CAST & CREW: Carly Chotiner (IUP class of '2023), Jordan Drake (IUP '23), Jeremy Galloza (IUP '22), Alexis Haigh (IUP '21) Maddie Dee Jones (IUP '19), and SM Sam Benson (IUP '21) - all the shop crew who painted and decorated the Golf Cart Park Bench, and all the faculty and staff we were in contact with at IUP. And across the country, our Social Media Maven and Prop Mistress, Lily Noto (Seattle University, '21).

Gratitude as well to the the Lively Arts at IUP, who brought us to this lovely community and the community that surrounds it, the Student Co-op who makes their work possible, and our lovely new 'family' at the Hilton Garden Inn, our home-way-from-home. Many thanks to the folks at the Artists' Hand, The Indiana Arts Council (congrats on your premiere Art Walk - here's to many more!) and full-throated cheers to the IUP students, faculty, alumni and Indiana residents and visitors who talked to us.
Community is a practice, and you are all shining examples of how to do it generously. KEEP GOING. Always more to do, yes?

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