In a way, our show is three one act plays.
Three short stories
that link by place, families and ideas...
4, if you think aboout how act 1 is actually 2 separate acts, with a shared form but different content in each city
in a way, same with act 2
though i think act 2 on the buses will be pretty similar, if not identical
Taiga in some research she sent out this week brought to our attention something that i'm embarrassed we overlooked.
Our first acts will both take place on may 18, 1980.
Because this is the day that Mt St Helen's erupted.
8:32:17 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 1980.
The memorial service in both places, Molalla and Portland, will be early AM events that will interrupted 32 minutes in...
or, in the language of our show
Sojourn will be recreating an 8 am event that sunday that was interrupted 32 minutes and 17 seconds in...this gives us some great science and time signatures to use to help with dramaturgy, and this eruption was a unique moment when everyone in OR, not to mention the Pacific Northwest, was connected; all aware of one natural event and its consequences...
This eruption will be what gets us out of the service, and out of the building, and onto the bus- not just in a oh, lets go outside and look (though maybe that too), but as the rupture we have been looking for to get us on to the next section- formally and content wise...