Stage East’s Life in Washington County, an EAC focal point through June and July, was a digital collaboration organized by EAC and Stage East Island Fellow Mark Macey. “Participants played what was essentially a giant game of telephone,” said Macey. “[They] only saw the piece before theirs in each series leaving space for happy accidents.”
Macey guided the participants through the sometimes-challenging waters of digital collaboration, and edited the resulting videos. “I was so impressed by participants’ creative choices and felt that everyone bought into the project in a way that’s pretty rare,” he commented “These will be such a wonderful tribute to our community’s creativity, positivity, and connectivity during this pandemic.” 

First Light combines text by Catherine J.S. Lee, performance by Mark Macey, music by Beth Goodliff and visual art by Fern Hilyard.
Gold ‘n’ Green Ball combines text by Melodie Greene, performance by Jenie M. Smith, music by Joan Lowden and visual art by Lauren Koss.
Grackles combines text by Lora Whelan, performance by Kathleen Dunbar, music by John Newell and visual art by Joan Lowden.
Coming from Away combines text by Lilli Danaea, performance by Brian Schuth, music by Bill Johnson and visual art by Anne Shields Hopkins.
Summer in Eastport combines text and visual art by Cecelia Hopkins, performance by Jenie M. Smith, and music by Joan Lowden.
Refuge combines text by Manuela Brice, performance by Mark Macey, music by Brian Schuth and visual art by John Leavitt.
Small Family combines text by Glenn Frankenfield, performance by Ric Craig, music by Mark Macey and visual art by Fern Hilyard.
Remember combines text by Ambrosia Ross, performance by Ric Craig, music by Manuela Brice and visual art by Anne Shields Hopkins.
A 1970’s Adolescence combines text by Duane Ingalls, performance by Amber Ross, music by Alice St. Clair and visual art by Amy Ray.
Eastport Dogs combines text by Anne Stanley, performance by Beth Goodliff, music by Duane Ingalls and dance by Elizabeth Ostrander (video of Ostrander by Lauren Koss).
Shadow Puppets combines text by Ric Craig, performance by Mark Macey, music by Alice Schuth and visual art by Manuela Brice.
It Returns in Grays combines text by Amy Ray; performance by Kim Vogel, sound design by Lauren Koss and visual art by Mark Macey.
On Eagle Watched Shores combines text by Frances Drabick, performance by Manuela Brice, music by Colie Brice and visual art by Amy Ray.
Date Night combines text by Jenie M. Smith, performance by Brian Schuth, music by Colie Brice and visual art by Brandy Gay.

“Watching for the first time the Life in Washington County video using my poem Grackles was quite moving,” wrote Lora Whelan, a participant in the project. “When I turned the poem over to Mark, it was like sitting in a beautiful room, having the lights turned off and knowing that everything around me would change and yet remain the same. I waited and wondered and then the lights went on and I was looking at the same room through a kaleidoscope of acting, musical composition, visual art and film editing to create a deeper world of reflections and refractions. All the works in the series are gems. It’s been exciting to see the possibilities and rewards of this kind of collaboration.”

What a lovely surprise to find the ways that Mark was able to facilitate our collective voices coming together,” noted Anne Shields Hopkins, another participant who has been enjoying the phases of the project.
“It was OK,” was the final word, from Cecilia Hopkins, the project’s youngest contributor (age 10).

Read more about the project here and here.

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