Gather by Julia Lederer & Julie Ritchey
When their town goes into a deep freeze and everyone is stuck inside, people start to lose their connection to the world. Words vanish for a librarian, a chef loses his taste for food, and a mail carrier has no mail to deliver. Two friends go on a mission to find one-another again and to rediscover their town, hoping that everyone will be able to gather again.Gather is about closing distances and learning to really see our world again - along with everything we may have missed before and everyone we’ve missed for so long.GATHER was inspired by a group of youth collaborators, and influenced by inclusive methods of storytelling, like EVERY BRILLIANT THING. It is a play that also creates a community. As The Chicago Reader wrote, Gather brings a "hopeful and expansive feeling to its audience in delightful and authentic ways."
Keywords: Young Audiences, Family, inclusive, interactive
Run time: 60 minutes
Suitable for students aged 5 - 18
Cast size: 2 actors
Casting note: The performers can be any gender (conforming or not, trans, etc.) or ethnicity. They should have different backgrounds to one-another.
"[A]n original production that brings [a] hopeful and expansive feeling to its audience in delightful and authentic ways."
"[A] nuanced meditation ... [t]he best parts are the inventive ways we’re invited to use our imagination."