Tuesday, 10 June 2014 | Access Hour
This happens to be the second Monday of the summer on-air Pledge Drive — But it really features “Weird Wisconsin,” a one-act play by TAPIT/New Works in collaboration with guest artists who have been working with the Whitehorse Middle School Drama club. It’s about the amazing history of little-known Wisconsin women. The play was for performance at Whitehorse Middle School and Schenk and Sandburg Elementary schools, but we get a look at it right here! The students developed the script with Danielle Dresden of TAPIT/New Works, and stage direction is by TAPIT’s Donna Peckett. Fabu gave a poetry workshop for the students, and poems are included in the play. Rebecca Sites designed the costumes and set pieces, which we must see here in our minds’ eyes for now. This project is partially based on stories from Uncommon Lives of Common Women: The Missing Half of Wisconsin History, edited by the Wisconsin Women’s Network, and funding for this project is provided by American Girl’s Fund for Children, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and Whitehorse Middle School. Aarick Beher recorded the play as a radio show. This Access Hour features an interview with the group of six female students who have done some excellent work on it.