The Hillsboro Story - Reviews

A look back at the 2010 year in theater: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Third Rail Repertory and more

Named one of the most "memorable" plays of 2010 by The Oregonian theatre critic, Marty Hughley     read more...

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Theater as history: Getting un-segregated in Ohio

Arts Dispatch was late getting to The Hillsboro Story, Susan Banyas's memory-plus-research play about her hometown, Hillsboro, Ohio. In fact, it closes its run at Artists Repertory Theatre tonight (Saturday) after a short original run and then a four-performance extension.     read more...

'The Hillsboro Story' brings tale of social activism to life at Artists Rep

"What is memory if not an impression?" Susan Banyas asks early in "The Hillsboro Story," her partly autobiographical play about a mid-1950s civil rights fight in her Ohio hometown. As she says this, she gestures as if to mark a trench in the ground before her.     read more...

'"The Hillsboro Story" - Civil rights drama comes to Southern State

"On a hot summer night -- July 5, 1954 -- Lincoln School, the "colored" elementary school in Hillsboro, Ohio, went up in flames, and my sweet, sleepy, segregated little hometown was suddenly awake..." So writes author-performer Susan Banyas, a third grader in 1954 and witness to the powerful civil rights drama unfolding around her. .     read more...

Fertile Ground Day One: The Hillsboro Story

Fifty years after watching black mothers protest segregation outside of her classroom window, writer and director Susan Banyas returned to Hillsboro, Ohio to investigate her hometown’s unexplored history as the site of the first test case of Brown v. Board of Education.     read more...

'The Hillsboro Story' delves into Civil Rights-era memories of the Ohio (not Oregon) town

The memory that kept coming back to Susan Banyas was mostly the sort of innocent childhood image that many baby boomers would recognize: "It is 1955 and I am in Mrs. Mallory's class. She is reading us 'Charlotte's Web' by E.B. White. It's my favorite thing in the third grade."     read more...

'The Hillsboro Story' Desegregating History

The Hillsboro Story is many things: a research project, a personal obsession, a look at the parallel tracks of white and black history in one small town.     read more...

I Want the Words to Swing

"Basically, the music for 'The Hillsboro Story' came out of my experience writing for No Strangers Here Today. At the time we premiered that play, Susan was working on Hillsboro, so I had the chance to go to Ohio to see the sites of the Underground RR where her great-great-grandmother lived. It was my first time in Ohio, so I was digging the landscape.     read more...

Fertile Ground for a fresh look at civil rights

On Sunday I saw The Hillsboro Story, Susan Banyas's memory piece about a little-known but fascinating piece of American civil rights history that was not so long ago and not so far away, although life has barreled ahead so much in the past 55 years that for an astonishing number of Americans the civil rights years might as well be hung forgotten in the cloakroom alongside the colonial era's three-corner hats.     read more...

'Fertile Ground offers eclectic mix of shows

One weekend standout was "The Hillsboro Story," presented as a work-in-progress at Artists Repertory Theatre. Created by Susan Banyas out of extensive interviews, research and her childhood memories, it tells the fascinating story of her Ohio hometown wrestling with the issue of public school desegregation in the mid-1950s.     read more...