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The man Who Planted Trees
The Exchange Artists
October 4th through 20th
Sparky Pocket Park

    The Exchange Artists will stage a new site-specific theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono's allegorical tale, The Man Who Planted Trees, running October 4th through 20th.  The performances will take place both indoors and outdoors at Sparky Pocket Park, with actors guiding the traveling audience throughout the space to witness the story unfold.
     An internationally beloved short story by French author Giono, the story reminds each individual of their responsibility and opportunity to be a steward of our natural resources. Set in Provence between 1913 and 1947, the story follows Elzeard Bouffier, a man who single-handedly plants 100 acorns every day for more than 30 years.  His perseverance and constancy in creation are set in meaningful contrast to the immense destruction that young traveler Jean experiences during the two World Wars.
     Elzeard's work not only restores a desolate landscape through his labor, but also restores hope to the French people.  The tale serves as a gentle reminder that our lives and our livelihoods are in direct connection with the earth.  
     Adapted by Katherine Craft and directed by Rachel Wiese, the Exchange Artists production brings Giono's simple tale to life with an immersive play that utilizes both French and English languages, dance, an original score by Rohan Joseph, projected media by Katie Rose Pipkin and the natural beauty of Sparky Park.  The cast features Hildreth England, Alexander Hilary, Gene Menger, Vanessa Marie O'Brien and Rommel Sulit, with costumes and production oversight by Jamie Urban and technical coordination by Zac Crofford.
      Performances will run Thursday through Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.  Tickets are a suggested donation of $15 to $25.
    Sparky Park is located at 3701 Grooms Street, just south of 38 ½ Street and two blocks west of Duval Street in the North University neighborhood.  For more information and advance reservations, call (979) 255-8292 or visit www.ExchangeArtists.org.
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