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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Jan. 21, 2000)
Collaboration enhances theater performances
By Jason Hardy
From a stage, it’s hard to see the
faces of a packed auditorium. But one
theater company is working to break
down the barrier between die people
on stage and the people in the seats.
Tonight and tomorrow night the
Lied Center for Performing Arts is
presenting “Promise of a Love Song,”
a new theater piece created and per
formed by the Exchange Project.
As the name suggests, the
Exchange Project is a collaborative
effort of three theater companies -
Junebug Productions of New
Orleans, the Pregones Theater of the
Bronx, N. Y., and Roadside Theater of
“Promise of a Love Song” is the
result of a four-year exchange
between the companies to explore the
similarities and differences between
theater companies and people in gen
eral around the United States.
John O’Neal, a member of the
Exchange Project and Junebug
Productions, said it was the interac
tion between the Exchange Project
and its audiences that set it apart.
“The audience brings as much, if
not more, than the artist does. It’s an
exchange that goes on - it’s not one
way,” O’Neal said. “It provokes us
further to have long-term relation
ships with people, it’s not just wham
As part of the Exchange Project’s
attempt to lessen the gap between the
performance and the audience, its
members have been meeting with
various groups of people in the towns
where they are performing.
Thursday they met with a group
of University of Nebraska-Lincoln
students for a story circle and Kim
Neal Cole, a member of the
Exchange Program and Roadside
Theater, said it was die perfect way to
get in touch with an audience.
“I feel supported and encouraged
when I get to be in a place before I
have to walk on stage,” she said. “We
try to figure out how to get the most
from and for our audiences, so the
” The audience brings as much, if not
more, than the artist does. It’s an
exchange that goes on.”
member of the Exchange Project
story circle evolved from that idea.” '
O’Neal agreed with Cole and
added that the connection they made
with audience members added to the
“If you know who you are talking
to, you can do it better,” he said.
“You’re not just speaking to the void.”
The events that took place in
Thursday’s story circle aren’t very far
removed from the events that will
take place tonight in the Johnny
Just as the story circle was a col
lection of stories told by different
people from different perspectives,
“Promise of a Love Song” is a collec
tion of three different stories, each
involving a different culture.
The stories are told in segments
throughout the play, incorporating
the styles of the three theater compa
nies involved in the Exchange
One story takes place in the
Appalachian Mountains, one in the
African-American communities of
the South and one in the Puerto Rican
neighborhoods of New York City.
Sol Damela Rivera, a member of
the Exchange Project and the
Pregones Theater, said the play was
more than just a collaboration of
three different theater companies, it
was a collaboration of the life experi
ences of everyone involved.
“Everybody has had something to
say about the different stories to be
jPromise of a
WHERE: Lied Center for
Performing Arts, 301
N. 12th St.
WHEN: Jan. 10-11
THE SKINNY: Cultural
differences celebrated in
mim “Love Song.”
included,” she said. “It’s delicate and
challenging, but in that process, you
find the differences and similarities.
Some problems won’t be solved, but
that’s what the exchange program is
O’Neal said the Exchange Project
and “Promise of a Love Song” .was a
way for everyone to learn a little more
about the people around them.
“We all know that at base we all
need the same things,” he said. “We
won’t get to the end without taking
the first small steps.”
Thefollowing is a brief list of events
this weekend. For more information,
call the venue.
Duffy s Tavern, 1412 O St.
Sunday: Squidboy, Hi Fi 90
Duggan s Pub, 440 S.llth St.
Friday: Blackberry Winter
Saturday: Stinky Jones
Knickerbocker’s, 901 OSt.
Friday: The Formula, Lune
Saturday: Full Devil Jacket,
Black Light Sunshine, Trizomy,
Royal Grove, 340 W.
Friday and Saturday: Bosch
The Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14th St.
Friday: Nine Live Cats
Saturday: Smokin’ Joe Kubek
featuring B’nois King
Johnny Carson Theater, 301
N. 12™ St.
Friday and Saturday: Junebug
Productions, Roadside Theater,
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Lincoln Community Playhouse,
2500 S. 56th St.
All weekend: “Flyin’ West”
Mary Riepma Ross Film
12th and R streets
All weekend: “All About My
Star City Dinner Theatre,
Eighth and Q streets
All weekend: “Songs and
Scenes from Stage and Screen”
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Burkholder Project, 719 P St.
All weekend: 12th Annual
Artists Choosing Artists
Gallery 9,124 S. Ninth St.
All weekend: Contemporary
Haydon Gallery, 335 N. Eighth
All weekend: John Spence
Noyes Gallery, 119 S. Ninth St.
All weekend: Susan Barnes, Vic
Robert Hillestad Textiles
Home Economics Building,
Rm. 231, East Campus
All weekend: “East Meets
West,” an apparel collection by
The Sheldon Memorial Art
Gallery, 12th and R streets
All weekend: “Judy Burton:
Visual Nuances,” “Eugene
Atget’s View of Paris,” UNL
MFA Faculty Biennial
There is a limited supply of yearbooks left.
Be sure to order yours for only $40
at 334 Nebraska City Union
or call 472-6248.
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Come be a part of something of BIG.
(Think of your average textbook, but cheaper.)
When: Thursday: noon to 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Where: Nebraska City Union
in the Georgian B Suite.
Bring: $25 refundable proof deposit.
Preserving your college memories.
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