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The Root River Anthology

  • May 30

In lieu of public performances of the fourth year of Audacious Raw Theatre, Catherine Glynn’s annual collection of devised performance pieces, The Commonweal Theatre, Glynn, and Lanesboro Arts have paired up to co-produce a wholly reimagined version of the 2020 project entitled Audacious Reimagined Theater. Glynn’s original play, The Root River Anthology, will be produced as an audio podcast series in collaboration with regional artists Eric Carranza, Jerome Yorke Jr., Hilary Williams along with members of Commonweal’s resident ensemble. 

Inspired by the stage plays Our Town, Under Milk Wood, Spoon River Anthology, and a story featured on NPR’s This American Life, the action of The Root River Anthology takes place after an epic flood. Set in a fictional town along Minnesota’s Root River, one of the remaining undamaged structures is the community’s lone public phone booth that washed up into the yard of a local farmer. What ensues are conversations in the phone booth that connect the living, the dead, and those in between. Told with humor, engaging storytelling, and a tinge of heartache, The Root River Anthology will introduce a wide range of lively characters who may just remind you of the importance of staying connected to one another.

Part one of the podcast series will be available via beginning Saturday, May 30th at 7 pm. Upon the purchase of a “virtual ticket” for the suggested donation price of $10, patrons will immediately receive an email containing a weblink to a secure page on which the audio file can be accessed. A week later, on Saturday, June 6th at 7 pm, part two will be posted in the same manner. Part three of the series is currently being developed by Catherine Glynn and Lanesboro Arts and will include new additions to the anthology written by participating patrons and performed by both A.R.T. and Commonweal ensemble members.  Ticket info coming soon!

This event is co-presented by A.R.T., Lanesboro Arts and Commonweal Theatre, and sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Radio, Inspire(d) Magazine, High Court Pub, and Granny’s Liquors.

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