This rendition of The Hillsboro Story weaves movement, monologues, dramatic images and music into a cultural detective story that premiered at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon/2010-11 season. Performing with me are the versatile cast of Jennifer Lanier, KB Mercer, and the late Laverne Green, who embodied the soul and spirit of the Marching Mothers. Music by David Ornette Cherry, choreography by Gregg Bielemeier, lighting by Peter West.
We have performed in high school gyms, an old vaudeville theatre, national parks site, history museum, black box theatres, concert halls, and cafeterias. Powerful post-show dialogues with audiences have become Act II of the theatrical experience—provocative, illuminating, and honest.
"…confidently rooted in the strength of its story… a concrete example of what it really means to speak truth to power." ~ Portland Mercury
The show has toured to Oregon and Ohio communities, The Brown Foundation in Topeka, Kansas, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in to Cincinnati, Ohio, and Hillsboro High School through an Ohio state library grant which included a residency and performance at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro, Ohio in 2012.
Funding for the development of this project has been made possible with grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, The Puffin Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Pacific Power Foundation. Funding for the Theatre Premier and Educational Outreach are made possible with support from US Bank, Oregon Cultural Trust, and Ben Earle, Chris Rauschenberg, and Janet Stein.