Firelight Theatre Workshop launches Tiny Stories

  • Are We There Yet? story by Sharon M. O’Brien and art by Jon Creamer and Jazimina MacNeil Courtesy photo

Published: 12/18/2020 11:47:25 AM
Modified: 12/18/2020 11:47:10 AM

Firelight Theatre Workshop launches its third installment of their Tiny Stories community project on Friday, Dec. 18 as a virtual exhibit on their website.

Twenty-nine writers contributed short stories (100 words or less) on the theme, Liminal Space. Artists were then invited to create a piece inspired by the stories. Fifteen artists feature a wide range of work – from shadow puppets in purgatory to a crankie about George Floyd to a lithograph of changing seasons.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the project like a museum exhibit – to discover the “rooms,” get a little lost, and stumble upon something new. Designers Corwin Levi, Michelle Aldredge, and Eddie Suchocki-Sulborski have shaped a virtual experience that is both independent and intimate for the visitor. Firelight’s aim is to connect and create with the community.

“This is the first time the stories work as a direct invitation to make art in response. We’re thrilled to keep the project ongoing as a living document,” said Co-Artistic Director Jason Lambert.

So while the project launches on Friday, visitors are invited to participate. “Find a story that inspires you, create something new, and submit it to the collection of work,” says Lambert.

“This unusual year has given Firelight an opportunity to find new ways to create and share work,” adds Co-Artistic Director Nora Fiffer.

Previous Tiny Stories installments were live gatherings, but in 2020 Firelight adapted all projects to respect physical distancing. Their ongoing We Were Friends series took new forms: a letter exchange delivered by mail to audience members, an overheard telephone conversation broadcast by FM radio to Firelight’s parking lot, and an upcoming film project to be released the last week of December.

The Tiny Stories #3 theme comes from Firelight Member Linda Claff, who says, “We are all living in the pandemic liminal space, the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, a season of waiting, and not knowing.”

The Tiny Stories project, as always, is free and open to the public. Visit www.firelighttheatreworkshop.com for more.


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