On May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri. Forty eight hours later, Nebraska playwright Becky Key Boesen climbed in a van with her two small children and drove 6 hours to see it for herself. In March of 2013, a new play inspired by what she saw and learned from the people of Joplin will premiere at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. What the Wind Taught Me is a play about family, storms, time travel, hope, loss, the universe, magic, and overcoming obstacles. It is a stage play with a short film component, created by award winning filmmaker Alexander Jeffery. It's a unique combination of theatre, film, and audience participation, perfect for all audiences and is commissioned by the Lied Center for Performing Arts. It will open in March 2013.
The play focuses on a fictional ten year-old boy, Evan Davis, who is facing some pretty big storms of his own. As the youngest member of a single parent family, Evan is often left in the care of his fifteen year-old sister, Audrey, and spends much of his time looking for answers in the sky through the lens of his beloved telescope. The loss of a parent has left Evan's family in crisis and has added to his innate fear of storms. A bully delights in making his school day difficult. His troubles culminate on the day a devastating tornado hits town, blowing in with it a mysterious time-traveling teacher. In the midst of this crisis, Evan has no choice but to confront all the storms he faces - both literal and metaphorical. In doing so, he learns that "anything is possible" when you have a tight knit family, a love of learning, and help from a wise teacher. Ultimately, Evan learns to make good decisions for himself, discovers what to do in the face of crisis, and gets a glimpse of a hopeful future that he never could have imagined.
This play is produced by the Angels Theatre Company in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Your support will give What the Wind Taught Me the highest possible production value, scope and impact. We are also relying on grants and box office support to make this project happen. This production runs March 15 - 23 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
What the Wind Taught Me is not about Joplin, Missouri, but is inspired by the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011.
No. What the Wind Taught Me follows the life of a fictional family. We see about 24 hours of their lives condensed into a 75 minute production.
Heck, no! It's a super adventure. What the Wind Taught Me is designed to ultimately be a joyful experience, appropriate for ages 6 and up.
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