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

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

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