On February 14, 2012 Arizona celebrates 100 years of statehood. ASU School of Theatre and Film presents the play Untold Stories/Unsung Heroes as part of the Arizona Centennial Project New Works Series beginning February 10 at 7:30 in the Lyceum Theatre.
Director Pamela Sterling, professor at the School of Theatre and Film, joins Host Fred McIlvain to talk about the play and how it was put together. Joining them is Curatorial Museum Specialist Karrie Porter Brace to talk about the tie-in exhibit, Tell Your Story, in the Hayden Library Rotunda on the ASU Tempe campus. Karrie also talks about the archival images used in the play.
Untold Stories/Unsung Heroes tells the most poetic, comedic and iconic stories that were unearthed over the past year by a dedicated team of ASU theatre students the stories were culled from thousands of archival sources as well as interviews with contemporary Arizonans including a group of centenarians from the Pioneer Village in Prescott and the students’ friends, neighbors and relatives.
The stories were woven into the new play, which is part of the Arizona Centennial Project New Works Series and is an official selection of the Arizona Centennial Commemoration Project. People who will be pictured in Untold/Unsung include: Lozen, Apache warrior; Soto Vasquez, founder of Teatro Carmen in Tucson; Elizabeth Hudson Smith an African American woman who independently owned and operated a hotel in Wickenburg; George W. Parsons, lawyer, banker, and citizen of Tombstone who had a bird's eye view of the gunfight at the OK Corral; and Borislav Bogdanovich, artist and relative of film director Peter Bogdonavich.
Students have established a a Facebook Page where people can learn more about the state’s colorful figures, and a video clip series, Arizona 100 Stories, where students recount the stories they have uncovered during their research. Pre-show activities include Living Statues that come to life to import the stories of Arizonans.
Untold Stories/Unsung Heroes Where: Lyceum Theatre, 901. S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus. When: Feb. 10- 11, 16-18 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb 12 and19 at 2 p.m. Cost: $8–$16; Seniors, ASU faculty, staff and students receive special rates. Special discounts for groups available. Public Contact: Herberger Institute box office, 480.965.6447 School of Theatre and Film. 480.965.5337 Info and Online Tickets
Tell Your Story Exhibit Where: Hayden Library Rotunda (Lower Concourse) When: February 6 - May 2012
Host: Fred McIlvain Guests: Pamela Sterling and Karrie Porter Brace Episode 117 Running Time: 16:53