The PARK BENCH PODCAST

  • taking the art of a everyday conversation to a park bench near you. And then beaming it around the world.

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FRESH! 2/2/2021 Thoughts on Citizenship - part 2
 

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PARK BENCH - the award-winning podcast series and site-specific interview outpost, PARK BENCH offers a different perspective on your neighborhood, your life, what you are thinking about... slightly elevated, and sometimes a little off-center.
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Here we are - 37 episodes in!

Covid Conversations: Ep 4, CITIZEN (Pt 2) 

Welcome to Episode 4 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 and one’s culture around these ideas.

Full transparency; Episode 3 dropped on December 14, with this episode slated for publication for shortly thereafter. But as that month saw the growing challenges towards our elections, driving towards the events of January 6th, 2021, the subject of “Being A Citizen” took on a new…

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Covid Conversations, Ep 3, CITIZEN (part 1) 

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…

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COVID CONVERSATIONS: part 2!  

Welcome to COVID CONVERSATIONS: PART 2 - - with a whole new crew of voices, personalities and thoughts.

This is 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…

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COVID CONVERSATIONS: Voting (pt 2) 

Welcome to the second part of 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…

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COVID CONVERSATIONS: Voting (pt 1) 

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…

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NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 4 

NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 4

Welcome to Park Bench, theater simple's mobile interview outpost where we invite people to have a seat…and have a chat.   This is the fourth and final installment of our collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium. If you haven’t heard Parts 1, 2 or 3, you can find them just down the podcast stream.

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant…

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NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 4 

NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 4

Welcome to Park Bench, theater simple's mobile interview outpost where we invite people to have a seat…and have a chat.   This is the fourth and final installment of our collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium. If you haven’t heard Parts 1, 2 or 3, you can find them just down the podcast stream.

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant…

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NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 3 

This is the third installment of our four episode collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant national community of over 350 members, including theater simple.

The 2017 National Gathering brought together NET members, artists, educators, activists, funders, policy makers, and others with an interest in collaborative creation…

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NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 3 

This is the third installment of our four episode collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant national community of over 350 members, including theater simple.

The 2017 National Gathering brought together NET members, artists, educators, activists, funders, policy makers, and others with an interest in collaborative creation…

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NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 2 

Welcome to Park Bench, theater simple's mobile interview outpost where we invite people to have a seat…and have a chat.   This is the second installment of our four episode collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant national community of over 350 members, including theater simple. The 2017 National Gathering brought together NET…

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NET 2017 Past/Forward Pt 2 (theater simple's PARK BENCH, Ep 34) 

Welcome to Park Bench, theater simple's mobile interview outpost where we invite people to have a seat…and have a chat.   This is the second installment of our four episode collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant national community of over 350 members, including theater simple. The 2017 National Gathering brought together NET…

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NET 2017 - Past/Forward, Pt 1 

Welcome to Park Bench, theater simple's mobile interview outpost and podcast. This is the first installment of our four episode collaboration with the Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on the June Past Foward: 2017 NET National Gathering & Symposium.

Park Bench is a change of perspective that looks a little like a rolling hill and arrives into an urban environment (a mall, a parking space, or …. a National Gathering) and asks passersby to share their thoughts while sitting and observing their present…

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NET 2017 - Past/Forward, Pt 1 (theater simple's PARK BENCH, Ep 33) 

Welcome to Park Bench, theater simple's mobile interview outpost and podcast. This is the first installment of our four episode collaboration with The Network of Ensemble Theaters, focusing on Past/Forward: the June 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium

Park Bench is a change of perspective that looks a little like a rolling hill and arrives into an urban environment (a mall, a parking space, or …. a National Gathering) and asks passersby to share their thoughts while sitting and observing their…

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Park Bench, Ep 32, Devon England 

Welcome to a special edition of Park Bench. 

 

For the past 7 years and 31 episodes, Park Bench has been a whimsical mobile interview outpost with a serious agenda.  We ask folks to have a seat, consider a big idea from a different perspective and then digitally record those conversations and podcast it to the world.  But, with Episode #32, we leave the Park Bench at home and turn our attention, and the microphone on ourselves, our art, and some people who have inspired us for years. 

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Devon England and Art Friends (theater simple's PARK BENCH, Ep 32) 

Welcome to a special edition of Park Bench.

For the past 7 years and 31 episodes, Park Bench has been a whimsical mobile interview outpost with a serious agenda.  We ask folks to have a seat, consider a big idea from a different perspective and then digitally record those conversations and podcast it to the world.  But, with Episode #32, we leave the Park Bench at home and turn our attention, and the microphone on ourselves, our art, and some people who have inspired us for years.  

This Spring theater…

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Tacoma, WA (Park Bench Episode 31) 

NEW PODCAST (10.7.13)

With our 31st episode, we set up shop in the Theater District of Downtown Tacoma, WA, an arts corridor anchored by the Broadway Center for the Arts and it’s three bustling Venues. During the Center’s 2 day, Fall Free For All Festival , we asked residents, participants and the Center’s Executive Director about their City, their publicly own Theaters, and the importance of the arts in Tacoma. Many Thanks to everyone who stopped to talk. 

 

From…

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Tacoma, WA (Park Bench Episode 31) 

PODCAST (10.7.13)

With our 31st episode, we set up shop in the Theater District of Downtown Tacoma, WA, an arts corridor anchored by the Broadway Center for the Arts and it’s three bustling Venues. During the Center’s 2 day, Fall Free For All Festival , we asked residents, participants and David Fischer, BCA's Executive Director about their city, their publicly-owned Theaters, and the importance of the arts in Tacoma. Many thanks to everyone who stopped to talk with us!

From these chats we have done our…

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Wickenburg, Arizona 

NEW PODCAST  3.14.2013 theater simple's Park Bench, WICKENBURG, ARIZONA Welcome to Wickenburg, Arizona, and the latest episode of park Bench.

Park Bench is theater simple’s, mobile interview outpost; a whimsical project with a serious agenda. We set up our 7ft tall rolling hill, then we ask folks to have a seat and consider a big idea, from a different perspective. Literally.

The week of january 28th, 2013, we set up shop in the high desert town of Wickenburg, Arizona, about 40 miles Northwest of Phoenix…

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Wickenburg, Arizona (theater simple's PARK BENCH, Ep 30) 

PODCAST  3.14.2013

theater simple’s Park Bench, WICKENBURG, ARIZONA

Welcome to Wickenburg, Arizona, and the latest episode of park Bench.

Park Bench is theater simple’s, mobile interview outpost; a whimsical project with a serious agenda. We set up our 7ft tall rolling hill, then we ask folks to have a seat and consider a big idea, from a different perspective. Literally.

The week of january 28th, 2013, we set up shop in the high desert town of Wickenburg, Arizona, about 40 miles Northwest of Phoenix…

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University of Nevada, Reno: Pt 2, 

NEW PODCAST 10/5/2012

theater simple's Park Bench: University of Nevada, Reno, Pt 2

The week of September 17th, 2011, we set up shop at the University of Nevada in Reno and asked students about their lives, their plans, their school, and in these challenging times……their hopes for the future. Thanks to everyone who stopped to talk.

During three very hot September days in Reno we logged over 70 interviews, and from these chats we have done our best to sketch the community of a University: it’s…Read more

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.