A Special Thank You by kristinmarting
September 7, 2011, 1:04 pm
Filed under: American Dream, Community, Happiness, Honor, Hope, Uncategorized

We are are extremely grateful for the generous support of the following people:

Anonymous, Alexandra Beller, Jamie L. Bennett , Richard Brundage, Nicole Burman, David Cote, Rima Fand, Gia Forakis, Vanessa Gilbert, Sally & Fred Harris, Rachel Jendrzejewski, David Koren, Dominik Landowne, Leeda Marting, Donna Roseman, Lake Simons, Carl Skutsch, Kathleen Turco-Lyon.


Lush Valley in Time Out New York’s Fall Preview Edition! by kristinmarting
August 25, 2011, 11:41 am
Filed under: American Dream, Newsreels, Uncategorized

Check out this preview of Lush Valley in Time Out New York’s Fall Preview edition!

We are getting excited to build Lush Valley with you, our audience members, and the production dates near.  Get your tickets now!

Lush Valley Rehearsal 8/18-8/20 by kristinmarting
August 23, 2011, 3:45 pm
Filed under: American Dream, Events, Rehearsal, Research

We have continued working on fine tuning scene work this week, as well as making sure each transition is as smooth and specific as possible.  On Thursday, we focused on the think tank section of the show, where each officer helps their group create part of the new Lush Valley Oath of Allegiance.  We are trying to get each officer to engage their think tank group as productively as possible, so that we end up with an Oath that represents every one of our new Lush Valley citizens.

On Saturday, we had the pleasure of having about 15 audience members visit our rehearsal space for a run through.  These rehearsals are always the most enlightening, because we need our Lush Valley applicants in order to figure out the traffic patterns and timing of the show.  We found a lot of things that were working really well with audience in the room, and some that needed tightening up.  The dances in the show can be a bit tricky for the Lush Valley officers to navigate with audience members in the room, so it was great to see those sections as they would be in performance so that we can adjust accordingly.  We also were able to see how the various paper materials in the show – from intake forms to checklists to voting ballots – were fitting in to the entire piece, and how we need to tailor those to fit the needs of our audience members.

We are excited to get deeper into rehearsal next week, as we speed towards tech and the beginning of previews on September 7th!  Stay tuned for more updates!

Help Us Create the LUSH VALLEY National Identity! by kristinmarting
August 19, 2011, 4:04 pm
Filed under: American Dream, Research, Uncategorized

Don’t forget to vote for the LUSH VALLEY national bird, flower, food, colors, motto and slogan on our online survey, Identity Politics!  Identity Politics, which began as part of the Figment Festival, is a project that we started to help form a national identity for LUSH VALLEY. Cast your vote online, and see the results of the vote incorporated into our production, which premieres on September 11th.  Voting officially ends on September 6th, so don’t wait!

Click here to get started!

July 26, 2011, 3:39 pm
Filed under: American Dream, Community, Events, Research, Uncategorized
Representation – Power to change – Evolving civil rights – gay marriage, changing minorities, new ideas about family, divorce
Example of person trying to get divorced for 6 yr divorce -because gay marriage in vt and straight marriage in ny

How much do you need to change in a script to express a gay couple vs straight couple

Staunch republican changing his position on gay marriage

Legislative passage of gay rights not popular referendum
Overcome majority cause right thing to do

Why Morally driven national referendums don’t happen – is it still as a result of the fallout of the civil war – legislators feel more comfortable letting local communities decide rather than sending it down from on high

Default on our US debt -it would have been unthinkable in the past but the schism is creating a vacuum of leadership

How is it right not to raise taxes and pay for what we need?  It relates to this American  assumptive structure.

I deserve this – entitlements – this house, vacation
idea of what my life is supposed to be as opposed to what I can actually afford
Why is there an absence of fear of consequences

Tea Party – misinformed but so big and capable of serious damage

Is the current state good? We are almost rock bottom and that will be the way to move to better place.

Stunning the people who vote agst their own  interest

Pledge allegiance to the republican party

why is their only two party system?

How to vote?
Vote democrat or for a woman –
research everyone on the ballot -the smallest office

What tribe do you want to belong to? What does it mean to feel part of that tribe? How do you see yourself? I am this kind of person and they speak my language.

Politics is The big game.  Every time you play you are impacting the lives of millions.

We live in the land where anyone can be president (as long as you are born here)

You come to America to be exceptional.

Today’s  American dream seems to be I can be anything regardless of talent or skill. But is that accurate or a fantasy?

If your philosophy is we shouldn’t interfere with each other’s rights, then Don’t get into anyone’s business.
How does a gay marriage btw 2 people impact you?

Heavy reliance on concept of competition  is of utmost  value – heavy emphasis on  winning.

Today,  Competition has even  moved into realms of truth and fact.

Competition has good elements too – inspires hard work and creativity.

Sense of individual power as opposed to group responsibility.

US aspires to be a bad ass.  Not Canada bad ass.

If the us was a person, it seems like we  started to develop a conscience and care about people (civil rights, etc)   but how do  reconcile that with recent efforts to keep taxes low corporations

how far are we departing from that In these last 30 years

No respect for elders – no love of wisdom rather celebration of new.

infrastructure of roads vs mass transit -mistaken investments

Progression from ownership as core value to renting
Net flix,spotify,  subscription – models of renting instead of owning

No one should own it.

Temporal seems to be becoming a core value now –
Rent your home,  date but not marry,  divorce.

Dan savage column about infidelity

Should we accept infidelity as a natural part of a monogamous relationship –

Who decides the terms of your relationship – your partner or society?

What is difference btw physical bond vs emotional bond?

We all seem to need to dictate others relationships  because of Fear – if someone else does it, my husband will do it to me

Fear based culture.

Open relationship where all is agreed upon and it is happy not painful
as opposed to
Supposed monogamous relationship with cheating

Bringing STD s to your long term partner is  bad.

Men propulgating the species
Women emotional bond, Take care of kids.
Are we totally programming?

Open marriage doesn’t work with assholes.

Lush Valley Rehearsal: 7/25 by kristinmarting
July 26, 2011, 1:14 am
Filed under: American Dream, Events, Rehearsal, Research, Uncategorized

We had an exciting first rehearsal today for our upcoming production of LUSH VALLEY, which premieres September 11th at HERE!   We began our day with a read through of the script, which we recently spent a week workshopping at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.  After the read through, our set designer Clint Ramos gave us a tour of the set model box and showed everyone the layout of his immersive design.  After lunch, we put the final scene of the script on its feet and sketched out some blocking.  We spent the rest of our group rehearsal reviewing our gesture dance choreography from the work-in-progress showing we did earlier this year at Culturemart, and finished off the day working on a scene between LUSH VALLEY officers Kim and Jason.  We are excited to be back in the rehearsal room with a great cast and creative team, and are looking forward to sharing our work with you in September.  Stay tuned for daily updates throughout our process!

The Playwrights’ Center Community Think Tank Notes: Group 3 by kristinmarting
July 25, 2011, 11:36 am
Filed under: American Dream, Community, Events, Research, Uncategorized


-Picket Fence, Dream of American Dream

-Is Dream Urban & Rural, living simply

-Do we have to prioritize transit strategies?



-Urban sophisticate folks chasing an idea of simplicity, rural people have those choices made for them because of poverty.

-Rich people have the luxury to buy land and farm and thus become neighbors

-We idealize a concept of rural, local, community then feel guilty because of luxuriating in a fantasy. Wonder what I can get locally at market,

-Meet farmer day in produce section.

-Riding the bus – seeing people of different classes. Being exposed to simpler, rougher.

-Civil service to work on farms as an idea, and everyone should spend time cleaning up city

-My film teacher instructed us to work on farms

-City living is better for earth, so what is urban paradigm, urban farming, gardening, csa’s, farmers markets, hydroponic gardening

-We’ve been obsessed that comfort, leisure is everything so farming. Going to a market didn’t make sense. We painted ourselves into a corner and now we are trying to find our way out. We changed what simple meant. 5 ingredient ice cream

-Is it fashion or is it a solution. Corporations manufacture desire, always fighting that. Naiveté as human race when given al these options suddenly technology, pesticides, etc.

-More people getting older, wanting to downsize and live with convenience of urban environment.

-American dream is based on comfort, and I think it’s wrong but don’t know why.

-Seeing 2 or 3 generation household. Again – a reversion to past ways.

-Pride about getting out, moving on discovering new life in a new place

-Picket fence, clean and well maintained, symbolic of land claim, this is mine. A good fence makes a good neighbor, lawn, close to neighbor, Norman Rockwell,

-Simplicity, not having too much, not needing a car

-In America holding things privately seems simpler than holding things communally

-Privacy is very important to us

-Communities dictating rules, like Celebration or Coral Gables, personal private property is at the core of our foundation

-Privacy is changing. Do you need a picket fence if you post everything to Facebook?

-Is Facebook the new picket fence community? Idealistic idea that internet would reduce bias. But internet also allows us to make our communities more homogenous, easy to sift through and close out what you don’t want to see. Easy to isolate oneself from who we don’t want to associate and reach across geographic boundaries to find people we share ideals with.

-Presenting a certain face to society. Feeling safe with difference. We can accept it on a bus because we are all trying to get somewhere. But in our immediate communities we are more intolerant, uncomfortable with difference. “I’m suppose to be ok with everyone’s difference and express that authentically but that’s not always the case.”

-We get pre-emptively protective – “I’m ok with you but I need the fence to make me secure with that.”

-Having less makes things easier. With more possessions life gets more complexity but bombarded by.

-Wealthy people idealize the fashion of poverty. Paying a lot of money to look like one is poor or can make do with very little. Is simplicity being appropriated by wealthy.