There’s been a lot of talk in this production about pilgrimages. To us, the pilgrimage symbolizes a personal journey, the journey of the six women whose real stories we have taken and transformed into poetic monologues. This journey takes us through their personal struggles, and shows us their transformation from victims to survivors.
But there is a second pilgrimage in this production that you won’t be able to see just by watching: the pilgrimage of the production itself. Every day as we interact with these stories, we change as well. Our art reflects that change. I’m of the opinion that all art changes the people who make it. It is an encounter.
This blog will be a record of that encounter. In the time up to the installation, we will be sharing with you our processes. But we will also be sharing ourselves, our stories, our personal revelations. We’ll take you along on our own journeys, in hopes that somehow they will inform your own.
Unfortunately, the process of creating Stories in Blue began over a year ago, before even I was involved in the project. So, to understand our journey, we'll have to take you back in time. The story will (officially) begin with the originator of the project, Dr. Stephanie Sandberg, and will take the voices of various collaborators all along the way. I, the project's dramaturg and assistant director, will be your guide, bringing you from moment to moment until September 21st, and the beyond, with supplemental information and inside looks at the performance process.