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Wednesday, February 6 • 8:00pm - 11:30pm
PERFORMANCE: Bloodroot -Liberty University & Announcements

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Bloodroot - a new play developed by the women's writing project at Liberty University.

Begun as a response to the challenge to create more roles for women, this play brings together six different histories of women from the Clinch Mountain area in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.  Ranging from the  1940's back to 1755, the tales of the strong-willed and determined women who helped shape our country are explored in this thoughtful and provocative narrative.

From some of the playwrights -
I initially joined this project because it sounded like a great story to be a part of and I wanted a great résumé builder. Seeing a piece of work come together from so many different minds and the stories of beautifully strong women of our history was so inspirational. The best part of this entire process is looking into the eyes of those playing these women, embracing the connection that these women have with each other, and uniting it with our own stories of who we want to be. I hope that all who watch this show see the heartbreak, the devastation and learn to find the courage and resilience that these women found for themselves. - Sarah Beattie
This project was special because of the passion behind it - from our first meeting to our final read-through, every woman in the room was ready, willing, and excited to be telling these stories. During the process of researching and writing, I was constantly surprised by the bravery and strength shown by the women of the Clinch Mountain area. This play can only contain a small fraction of the many, but these are voices that deserve to be heard and remembered.
- Kristin Lindquist
I have learned so much and loved every moment of it! It was priceless to see all the girls in this project come together to create. When I first got involved I didn’t realize the scale of it, but I am so glad I was able to be so involved because I have learned so much about myself as a creative person and about the other women in this department. One of my favorite moments was seeing the scenes on their feet for the first time. It was like all the imaginations in my head were coming to life, and I am now hooked on the magic of playwriting. I always laugh when I remember where my scene fi rst started to where it is now. It is scary and humbling to play a character that I’ve written, but I wouldn’t trade this experience.
- Laura Falcione

Speakers
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Richard "Buzz" Herman

University of Central Missouri
Richard “Buzz” Herman is Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri.  Buzz currently serves as the NPP National Chair for KCACTF. He is past Region V Chair of NPP, has served a member of the Region V Selection Team.  He has received three KCACTF... Read More →
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Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco is a theatre artist whose work encompasses many aspects of performance, production, activism and education. She firmly believes that through a redefined actor-audience relationship and a “multilingual” approach to performance, theatre can be the catalyst for change... Read More →
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Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley – is the NPP Co-chair for Region 2.  Associate Professor of Theatre at Slippery Rock University, Laura’s teaching includes focus on acting: Stanislavski, Uta Hagen & Shakespeare, directing styles, as well as, compassionate yoga practice to strengthen student wellness... Read More →



Wednesday February 6, 2019 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Converse College - Twitchell Auditorium 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

Attendees (240)