sittin' a spell:
conversations & workshops
We are reclaiming conversation and curiosity!
Where do folks in your community already get together? Diners? BBQ Joints? Gas Stations? We like to go to hang out where folks already get together, and do interesting stuff like play with remote control (RC) cars and have civilized conversations about complicated topics.
The Good Old Boys Project has been developed through dialogue. Conversations and interviews are critical to the process of developing the play and giving folks context for the work. This is how the script has been generated and how it continues to evolve.
Conversations and interviews involve “sittin’ a spell” in gas stations at 5am and mechanic shops after hours. We hang out in donut shops, race tracks, dive bars, and music jam sessions in rural communities. We are talking about race, gender, politics, grief, community identity, loss, and what should be done with the confederate monuments. We talk about ethics and hard work. We talk about law and justice.
The Good Old Boys script will be developed with a dialogue guide to help folks use different episodes from the play to guide complex conversations between individuals who have different values.
Sittin' a spell usually means we talk about things like:
- What is your definition of a good old boy?
- What do you think it means to be southern? To be white? To be male?
- What is your experience with good old boys?
- What’s your advice for people who struggle with change? How do you cope with change?
- What is your greatest fear about the changing demographics of the United States?
ashley sparks is available to lead different types of devised theater workshops and workshops for groups of men of all ages that address the themes of the performance. Workshops are designed in collaboration with a local host and can be focused on the following themes:
- Exploring white identity
- Grief and masculinity
- Coping with change
- Stereotypes and archetypes in southern identity and history
- Story sharing as a tool for community building