LUSH VALLEY


LUSH VALLEY Think Tank #6 – Hope by kristinmarting
November 28, 2010, 3:13 pm
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Join us for our sixth of eight community THINK TANK sessions on Sunday, December 5 from 3pm-6pm which will delve into the concept of HOPE . These Think Tanks are open to the public and are a cross between Town Hall and Open Space format. We are looking to have a diverse group of folks at each event – we are looking for artists, alternative thinkers, educators, activists, social workers, HR, lawyers, parents, politicians and anyone else who is interested. Please come – and if you know someone who fits this description and might enjoy this event, please forward.

This is our last think tank until February or March!

Please note: this event will be held at HERE’s Rehearsal Space, 75 Varick at Canal Street. Please bring ID for entry into building.

If you would like to attend, please email lushvalley@here.org to rsvp.

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Honor by kristinmarting
November 5, 2010, 11:00 am
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Honor is like an island, rugged and without shores; once we have left it, we can never return.           –Nicolas Boileau



LUSH VALLEY Think Tank #5 – Honor by kristinmarting
November 2, 2010, 3:45 pm
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Join us for our fifth of eight community THINK TANK sessions on Friday , November 12 from 7pm -10pm which will delve into the concept of HONOR . These Think Tanks are open to the public and are a cross between Town Hall and Open Space format. We are looking to have a diverse group of folks at each event – we are looking for artists, alternative thinkers, educators, activists, social workers, HR, lawyers, parents, politicians and anyone else who is interested. Please come –  and if you know someone who fits this description and might enjoy this event, please forward.

Please note: this event will be held at HERE’s Rehearsal Space, 75 Varick at Canal Street. Please bring ID for entry into building.

If you would like to attend, please email lushvalley@here.org to rsvp.



Work-in-progress showing at Baruch College by kristinmarting

We are excited to spend a week in residence at Baruch College from October 20-28. Joining us for this phase are writers Tom Bradshaw and Sylvan Oswald as well as new performers Jennifer Kidwell and Paul Zimet and designers Clint Ramos and Oana Botez.  Continuing with the project are Marc Bovino, Irene Longshore, Rudy Mungaray, Mariana Newhard, designer Jane Shaw, Suzi Takahashi, and Dax Valdes.  We will share what we develop over those days on Wednesday, October 27 at 4pm.  We have limited space for guests so please email lushvalley@here.org if you’d like to join us.

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Prelude showing Thursday September 30 3pm by kristinmarting
September 21, 2010, 3:46 am
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Tal, Yana and I are really excited to be showing some of what we have been developing at the 2010 PRELUDE festival presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at CUNY’s Graduate Center. The theme this year is “Why does live matter?”, which is something we have been thinking about a lot as we have been developing LUSH VALLEY through the think tanks, the rehearsals, works-in-progress and online conversations.  At PRELUDE, we will share some of the audience engagement stuff that we have been developing over the last few months and are hoping to spark some exciting conversations.

Our showing is on Thursday, September 30 from 3pm-415pm and its FREE. Please do join us.



Monday’s Work in progress by kristinmarting
September 18, 2010, 12:28 pm
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We had a really exciting time experimenting with the participatory aspects of the the show with about 20 people on Monday at HERE.

We took a census of the group and shared the demographics, tested people for citizenship and were able to announce 2 new citizens out of 20, analyzed INS paperwork for the group to uncover their moral character, and conducted video interviews with people one-on-one to find out what the american dream means to them.

We also experimented with several camera’s eye monologues to explore how theatrical text might integrate into the participatory sections.

Thanks to Mariana Newhard, Irene Longshore and Rudy Mungaray for bravely jumping in with this.

We got great feedback from the HERE resident artists and general community who attended, learned a lot and have made lots of ideas of how to do our upcoming PRELUDE presentation on September 30.

More to come….



Equality Think Tank # 4 – Freedom vs. Equality by kristinmarting
September 13, 2010, 2:13 pm
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  • Freedom vs. Equality

    Airport Security – free to travel – but to do that have to submit to checks, etc

    Is there too much freedom?  Tea party/libertarianism – “you can’t tell me what to do”

    Libertarianism vs. Anarchy – same?

    Protesters throwing rocks – personal freedom but not community

    Anarchy?  Definition – Exercising personal freedom brings everyone to the same point – not true?

    Doesn’t work – just as free market doesn’t work

    But people are inherently not equal- flawed, social reasons

    Role of government- to do something that individual would not

    Government- inefficient

    Freedom of expression – did it increase? personal liberty inalienable right

    Different countries- different ideas of freedom – concepts of what the word means

    When does one person’s experience of freedom hurt the community

    Freedom to push button – how far will we go to get freedom – hurt people, violence

    Nazi march in Illinois

    Kansas church group protesting at soldier’s funeral

    Evolutionary change of thought – uncomfortable

    Freedom can be taught.  When to open to other beliefs, when to hold your own

    American dream – self reliant?

    Personal freedom doesn’t work without tolerance

    Too much freedom = personal thing

    not enough

    Equality = social thing

    Supreme court is advertising freedom of speech

    Power is disciplinary

    By not having fear- are you more free….

    Or are police – actually scared by the gun policies

    Freedom for all – not possible

    We are not homogenous

    We are flawed

    Female in 70s far more free – changed her thought processes

    Is freedom possible without fear?

    Idea of freedom changes – people grow up with that changed environment

    Is the world moving toward greater freedom?  Not sure.

    Rediscovering fears they didn’t know they had

    Freedom in flux

    Resistance – single headed dragon

    Feel less free – more riots/against religious heads

    Student Demos

    Weather Underground

    Does violence turn us against them?

    Act without fear

    Communism/Socialism – Violence creates backlash

    Boom and bust freedom cycle?

    Violent revolution with mass support

    Civil rights movement parallel – celebrates freedom

    Culture leads to different views of freedom

    Equality is different in different cultures

    Christian beliefs – ready to fight

    Fight for freedom – with or without violence

    Passover – celebrate freedom – positive reaction to trauma

    Fear/oppression upon Obama’s election? Did he campaign for equality?

    Internet- macrocosm of freedom?  Fewer rules in the virtual world than the “real” world