November 7, 13, and 14
Anansi’s Story Festival was an interactive theatrical production that explores and celebrates historical figures, myths, urban legends, and folklore from New Jersey and around the world. Audiences joined our emcee and Storyteller-in-Chief, Anansi the Spider, and helped decide the fate of humanity!
Set in the historic East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway, NJ, this immersive production explored the Village’s beautiful architecture while complementing the timelessness of these classic tales. Audience members roamed and discovered characters inspired from cultures rooted in New Jersey.
This world premier was designed by and will be performed by a group of New Jersey artists of many backgrounds and artistic expressions.
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.
This project has been made possible by funds from Middlesex County, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.
June 4-6 and 11-13
We broadcasted stories about technology, futurism, and science fiction in a series of short “radio” shows. These adapted tales were developed and produced by small creative teams and explored storytelling techniques in sound, dialogue, music, and foley art. ReThink performed these in front of small, socially distanced audiences and through online streaming. The audio recordings will be shared later in the form of podcasts. This series was a return to one of the staples of 20th Century fiction media—the radio play—while also maintaining a focus on the future.
Performances were held at East Jersey Old Town Village in partnership with Middlesex County Office of Arts & History.
For us. By us. About us.
We have restructured the Artistic Director position and created, in its place, a self-governed Artistic Council. In years past our theatrical season was chosen by one or two people in key positions of power. In 2021, the shows we produce will be decided on by a cohort of incredible artists from many walks of life and diverse artistic specialties. These folks are working together to choose stories that best represent the experiences of our direct community - Middlesex County. The power to choose what stories we tell each year no longer belongs to one or two people - it belongs to a group of creative people who know the county we live in, and seek to serve those needs first.
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