“Pioneer Journeys: Drama in Museum Education”
Such a “random” and even uninteresting book title – in that, museums can be staid places.
Drama, though? I went to the back of the book, and another book “Impro,” was on the recommended reading list. Oh (On my plans). I packed that book for my travel; and I was now offered this particular book to read…
I have been involved with “theater” the past ten+ years, but often, in an intellectual way.
I bumped into a chapter in this book, that I had to write about now. The chapter explores some of the drama / theater programs in New York, Boston, Chicago and Cleveland. One of the important examples in the chapter was of a drama outreach program for homeless children. And I read:
“a girl whose father was killed in a crack war invented a ‘Love Camera’ in which you could see love and peace instead of hate.”
And then, there were two more examples, just as incredible, and just as gut-wrenching.
I was “mind numbed” from some work on a computer, today, and this chapter has raised my spirits. Theater is my intellectual world, world, in some ways.
To close, a quote from the same chapter:
“In a world increasingly dominated by ‘spectator play,’ role playing that engages all the senses is crucial. The child must experience the texture, time, sound, voice and feel of another role.”