The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, has invited a theater company, which goes by the name theater simple, to Arizona from Seattle, Washington.
While in Wickenburg, theater simple will interview local adults and students about the role of arts and culture in their lives and the greater community.
The interviews are part of the project Park Bench, where theater simple sets up a Mobile Interview Outpost, records the conversations and edits them together into a podcast. A podcast is a multimedia digital file made available on the Internet for downloading.
Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky, of theater simple, have used this process across the country for arts groups, cities and civic planners. Once the interviews are turned into podcasts and posted on the internet, the responses serve as useful tools for organizations to discover the needs of their communities.
Park Bench was set up in front of the Wickenburg Post Office and Safeway on Monday, Jan. 28, and Wickenburg High School and Basha’s on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. During these times, the public was asked to sit on a literal park bench and take part in casual, anonymous audio interviews.
Today (Wednesday, Jan. 30) Holland and Litzky will be setting up Park Bench in the Northwest Valley at several locations to interview those residents on the effect of Wickenburg’s arts and culture on their lives.
On Thursday, Jan. 31, Park Bench will be conducting roving interviews and visiting many local businesses.
The Webb Center and Museum will use the compiled responses when making future programming decisions; ensuring that the community’s arts and cultural needs are being met.
For more information on these activities in Wickenburg, please visit the Park Bench event page, or call the Box Office at 928-684-6624. For more information on theater simple, visit www.theatersimple.org.