Urban Rural Theater

Heather Tomlinson


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Heather Tomlinson

Theater artists, Sarah and Jack Greenman, are working with Eastern Oregon University students through the REV Center to collect and tell true verbatim stories that excavate and deepen our collective understanding of the “urban-rural divide” in the state of Oregon. The goal of the project is to give voice to unheard narratives, honor the stories of those interviewed, and invite audiences into a deeper conversation about community and connection, myth and lived experience, harm and progress as it pertains to the “urban-rural divide”. Interviews have been conducted with over 30 individuals across the state to identify common themes and utilize the words of real people to write a script for a verbatim theater production. These individuals represent the stories less often told in mainstream media including rural folks, women, Native Americans, formerly incarcerated individuals, and the LGBTQ+ community.

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