Voices of our Elders

Posted September 13, 2017 at 5:50 am by

Rehearsal of “Orphan Girl”; pic­tured is Darvis Tay­lor, Stormy Hil­dreth and Grisha Krivche­nia — Con­tributed photo

The Up Close project brings the sto­ries, wis­dom, artistry, and humor of Island elders to the stage of San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty Theatre’s Gubel­man The­atre this Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 15–16 at 7:30 pm and Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 17 at 2:00 p.m. Tick­ets are avail­able at the SJCT Box Office (360) 378‑3210 or online at www.sjctheatre.org

Local com­pos­er and pianist Grisha Krivche­nia teamed up with SJCT to present such sto­ries after work­ing on a sim­i­lar project in New Mex­i­co. “I had the great priv­i­lege of writ­ing orig­i­nal songs with hos­pice patients in San­ta Fe, New Mex­i­co and was very keen to write songs with and for my Island com­mu­ni­ty,” said Grisha. “Our elders have pow­er­ful words to share from a life­time of expe­ri­ence, and a song deliv­ers their mes­sages beautifully.”

Sev­er­al islanders have been work­ing with Grisha since May and have writ­ten songs, read­ings or poetry.

Voic­es of our Elders

“Orphan Girl”  — Nedra Thomas with Grisha Krivchenia
“Lul­la­by for Mama” — Sara Patten
“Two Steps For­ward” — Eleanor Parnes with Susan Matthews
“Adria” — Chuck Fish­er with Grisha Krivchenia
“Reflec­tions” — John Moore with Mary Karen Ryan
“The Long Win­ter” — Lil­lian Siegel with Grisha Krivchenia
“Sev­en Knots” — Lee Brew­er with Grisha Krivchenia
“the riv­er runs swift­ly beneath my feet” — Cyn­thia Church
“The Wilder­ness in Me” — Shann West­on with Grisha Krivchenia

Per­form­ers
Stormy Hildreth
Darvis Taylor
Grisha Krivchenia
Sara Patten
Eleanor Parnes
Chuck Fisher
John Moore
Shan­non Kelley
Cyn­thia Church

You can support the San Juan Update by doing business with our loyal advertisers, and by making a one-time contribution or a recurring donation.

No comments yet. Be the first!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

By submitting a comment you grant the San Juan Update a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. Inappropriate, irrelevant and contentious comments may not be published at an admin's discretion. Your email is used for verification purposes only, it will never be shared.

Receive new post updates: Entries (RSS)
Receive followup comments updates: RSS 2.0