Artwork by Sarah Beitler
Performances April 5th – 14th, 2019 at Carnegie Stage
Directed by Anya Martin
Created by Liza Barley, Heather Irwin, Anya Martin, Monica Stephenson
with Tina Marie Cerny, Cathleen Crocker-Perry, Heather Graff, and Stephanie Mayer-Staley
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Hiawatha Project is currently developing a new work entitled “My Traveling Song,” an interactive original play that whimsically uplifts memory and music along with sensory elements from nature. The show is especially created to be experienced in pairs or small groups by children ages 1-5 and a grown up that loves them.
In “My Traveling Song” a mother and child are confronted with unexpected natural obstacles. They weather through earthquakes, windstorms and rhythmical rains by relying on music and play, sweet and silly memories, and new discoveries about the fascinating and connected world around them. Despite a world that can be unpredictable and sometimes sad, “My Traveling Song” reveals that connections between loved ones, communities and the physical world around us, can help to make us to feel safe, loved, and free to imagine a more empathic and playful world. In “My Traveling Song” thunderstorms relinquish to cheerful mud puddles, and darkness reveals magical firefly constellations in the night sky.
Since May of 2017, the core artistic team for “My Traveling Song” has been developing the show in accordance with the company’s seven-phase ensemble creation process. Artists for “My Traveling Song” have been chosen for their exceptional talents and professional credits, as well as for being mothers to young children. The company wanted to tap into the knowledge of these artists, and provide an opportunity to utilize their acute awareness and understanding about the needs of children today.
With the production of “My Traveling Song” Hiawatha Project also addresses the need for representation of women in the professional fields of theater, and specifically those with children. A recent BBC article published August 16th of this year entitled, “Theatre World Needs a ‘Culture Change” quoted a survey from 2017 that found that “81% of self-employed people and 57% of employed people in the performing arts had turned down work as a result of a caring responsibility.” In following in the footsteps of “Mothers Artists Makers” (MAM), an Irish theatrical and advocacy group that questions “Where are the disappeared women of the Arts?”