Let’s go over it again”
-Bernadette Mayer, Midwinter Day
Last night Piehole began the fall development sessions for Old Paper Houses. We are excited to work with the new performers in our midst, Benoit Johnson and Dan Sterba. We’re back to shoveling snow and chopping wood, and gearing up to create the Big Non-Event.
We spent August and September culling our way through more research on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Brook Farm (the 1840s utopian community that Hawthorne briefly attended), and more of Bernadette Mayer’s writing. For the next month and a half we’ll be playing with this material and generating new stuff of our own. AND we’ve asked frequent Pieholer Jessie Renee Hopkins to step into the role of Head Writer, making this Piehole’s first collaboration with a dedicated (living) writer! All this in preparation for our run at the Connelly Theater next March.
During the coming weeks, we will be posting more updates about our process and our various sources and inspirations, so check back in with us soon. As we embark on the second phase of Old Paper Houses, this 1894 quote from a former Brook Farm resident seems particularly relevant:
“It is often asked, ‘Why has no one written a complete history of this queer little Community, giving its bearings and results upon the social problems, and describing the extent to which Fourierism was adopted?’ Perhaps the reason is that it never had any result, except upon the individual lives of those who dwelt there. And perhaps the best way to give an idea of Brook Farm is simply to sketch what one saw and did there. It was a beautiful idyllic life which we led, with plenty of work and play and transcendentalism and it gave place to the Roxbury poorhouse.”
Right, so…nothing happened. Let’s go over it again.