I have just returned from a week long trip to Lapua, Finland where we have started pre-production for a new production in partnership with Cultural Centre Vanhu Paukku and Larva Teatteri. The new production is an entirely new play, but will incorporate many of the same characters and elements contained in the U.S. premiere in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. The two plays are intended to speak to one another in a theatrical dialogue, posing questions, telling opposite sides of the same stories, and reflecting the lives of the people in both Fairport Harbor and Lapua. The new play will be presented as a staged reading with music and projected images of the work of my relative, Antti Ojala. The production includeds feature a large chorus, some people speaking lines and other singing stories from the region. There is a lot to accomplish between now and September, but my community partners have assembled an incredible team of professional theater artists, designers, and puppeteers to make it all happen. The photos below offer a glimpse at my trip and some of the work that is already underway.
Please mark your calendars now for the Finnish premiere in Lapua - September 16, 17 and 18, 2016!