MTVarts and Kenyon are collaborating to transform a student oral history project into a play.
This project began as an independent study course led by Professor of Spanish Clara Román-Odio, which was catalyzed by the passion and interest of the four students in the course, Maria Brescia-Weiler '19, Sarah Aguilar '19, Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman '19 and Mary Grace Detmer '19. Their interest in the stories of the people of Knox County was sparked during a freshmen year seminar entitled “Life along the Kokosing” taught by Professor Emeritus of Sociology Howard Sacks.
Students interviewed a diverse group of residents and explored how the county’s history has shaped the present and the ways its inhabitants envision the future by gathering stories about people’s daily lives, their values, hopes and aspirations. The oral history and content analysis is currently archived in Digital Kenyon.
Although academic in origin, the project became real once the interests of these students converged with the pride and love of community so clearly expressed by the Knox County interviewees. Maria Brescia-Weiler '19 wrote the play and the wheels were set in motion to produce it through a partnership with MTVarts. Our hope is that sharing with the community will increase dialogue and learning about each other.
The performances are free, but you must RSVP online to reserve a seat.
Sunday, December 10 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm
warehouse 14, Blackbox Theater Mount Vernon, Ohio