TheatreTruck and The Swift River Valley Historical Society present THE WATER PROJECT (IMMERSIVE), a site-specific theatrical journey with live music.
PERFORMANCES SEPTEMBER 22-24 at 6:30 and 8:30pm at The Swift River Valley Historical Society, 40 Elm Street in the village of North New Salem, just west of Rt. 202.
Live theater joins forces with the Pioneer Valley’s thriving independent music scene in this original immersive production, created by TheatreTruck Collaborator Emma Ayres. Immerse yourself in the currents of time in this story of the flooding of the Quabbin Reservoir. The water is rising.
Directed by Emma Ayres and Brianna Sloane with design by John Bechtold, Emily Taradash, C. Webster Marsh and Austin Federa
TICKETS available at Brown Paper Tickets: http://thewaterprojectplay.bpt.me/
$20 in advance ($15 students/seniors in advance)
or $25 cash only at the door ($20 students/seniors).
“Newspaper headlines read: 4 towns flooded, 2,500 people relocated, houses moved on the backs of trucks, 7,500 graves dug up and reburied on higher ground, memories drowned, and little know…”
THE WATER PROJECT (IMMERSIVE) submerges the audience in a dreamscape evoking the final week of the decision making-process: to flood or not to flood the Swift River Valley in service of providing clean water to rapidly growing Boston. The audience is invited to explore the story unfolding around them in this theatrical journey. Faced with imminent flooding, the Doubleday family confronts the end of life and home as they know it, while anxiety rises and rumors walk the halls.
Featuring the musical talents of…
Garrett Sawyer of The Gaslight Tinkers
Eli Ayres of Calico Blue
This project is possible thanks to the generous funding from the Orange, Amherst, Shutesbury, Wendell, New Salem and Pelham Cultural Councils.
Thanks to our sponsors The Garlic & Arts Festival, the UMass Department of Theater and our many Indigogo Backers.
For over 75 years the Swift River Valley Historical Society in New Salem, Massachusetts, has kept alive the story of the villages and four “lost” towns of the Swift River Valley. In 1938 the people of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott—and several nearby villages—were forced to leave their homes, farms and businesses to allow the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir to provide clean water for the growing city of Boston to the east. No more straw hats would be made here, no sledding parties, celebrations on the town common, or worship at the churches built by the early settlers. The lives of 2500 people and their descendants were forever changed by this event.
Their towns are lost, but their stories are not. By caring for the objects and reminiscences once owned or told by farmers, shopkeepers, housewives, and children, the Swift River Valley Historical Society provides a look at life in the Swift River Valley before the Quabbin—and honors the sacrifice and sorrow of the many who once called it home.
Photo Credit: Quabbin Reservoir, courtesy of Dale Monette, DCR Vistitor Center