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Eastern to Present "Echoes"

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- Students from Eastern Connecticut State University's Theatre Program will perform "Echoes: Voices from the Church Farm," at 3 p.m. on May 6 and 7 at the Church Farm Center for the Arts and Sciences, located at 396 Mansfield Road in Ashford. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The play is written and directed by J.J. Cobb, assistant professor of theatre. For the past two years, Cobb has researched the history and property of the Church family, aided by previous research by Barbara Tucker, director of the Center for Connecticut Studies and history professor at Eastern. "Echoes" combines scenes, poetry and movement-based performance throughout the Church Farm property. Audience members will stroll about the property witnessing the scenes that depict life on the farm throughout the 19th and 20th centuries in this site-specific performance.

"Site-specific theatre is the concept that theatre cannot only adapt to the constraints of a particular site - as with Environmental Theatre - but can be written to illuminate how that location influences events," said Cobb. "In this instance, the 280 years of primary-source documentation throw a unique light on the family, the rural community and Connecticut's Quiet Corner as a whole. The scenes are performed in a loop format with the actors taking a short break in between repetitions. The audience takes this opportunity to move to another scene performed elsewhere."

For more information, contact Lana Raymond at (860) 465-5325 or


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