New Theatrical Form Personalizes Detroit Stories

The Story Owners Collective announces a brand new form of personal story-telling theater, with their Detroit premiere of THE RED THREAD: Interwoven Performance Portraits. The play uses personal narrative to honor individual journeys while revealing social interconnectedness. An ancient Chinese proverb speaks of an invisible red thread of destiny, which connects all humans to each other. It is said that this magical cord may tangle or stretch but will never break.

Four Detroit-based artists make up the Story Owners Collective. During the course of the play, they fuse their writing, acting and dance talents into an interwoven solo performance collage. Cara Graninger dances her story, ALL OVER THE MAP. Peter Putnam performs THE LOVE SONG OF FATHER-SON, Parts 1 and 2. Julie Rosier presents SHEROES, VOICES AND BLISS, an autobiographical one-woman show. And, Ce’Ann Yates combines selections from her fictional show, TICK TOCK, with autobiographical monologue in, WHEN BREATH WAS AUTOMATIC.

The Story Owners Collective came to life in July 2008, when Julie Rosier went public with her vision for an autobiographical performance project. Twenty-three people came out to audition and to hear more about this experimental theater group where participants write from their own story, transform the writing into theatrical storytelling and weave their stories into a collage performance piece.

The process demanded extensive commitment of time and energy, so by the end of the writing process in August, the group whittled down to four brave souls. The production of THE RED THREAD represents an evolved version of the original vision and is truly a product the creativity of the collective.

Performances will be held on November 20 and 22, 2008, Thursday and Saturday, 7:30PM, at The Marlene Boll Theatre, located inside the Boll Family YMCA, at 1401 Broadway, Detroit. Both showings are open to the public and FREE of charge.

This production is made possible by the generous support of Y Arts Detroit, Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation, Trumbullplex and the Boggs Center.

Julie Rosier

[Julie Rosier is a theater artist and activist who has spent the past year living and working at the Boggs Center.]

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