An Open Call from Wisconsin Story Project

“Their story, yours and mine – it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them.” – William Carlos Williams

Storytelling is an age-old ritual that heals, entertains, and brings people closer. The Wisconsin Story Project (WSP) is founded on this principle, and with its first production, The Cancer Stories Project (CSP), WSP aims to produce a theatrical event that will raise money for cancer research and patient services by connecting with the greater Madison community through the tradition of storytelling.

CSP will be done in a style known as ‘documentary theater’ or ‘theater of testimony’: a staged performance created by gathering stories surrounding a particular topic and transforming them into a play with a cohesive narrative.

For CSP, several local people with compelling cancer stories – survivors, patients, caregivers, and family members – will be interviewed on camera. In collaboration with the CSP creative team, local actors will then use this interview footage to craft performance monologues. The resulting play will be performed as a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other cancer-related organizations.

By telling these stories CSP seeks to engage the community in a conversation about the multi-faceted subject of cancer with the aim of increasing understanding and ultimately strengthening the connections we all share.

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An open call to participants of all kinds…

Wisconsin Story Project is currently in search of people in the greater Madison area to get involved in Cancer Stories project — whether you have a story to share, or want to get involved with the project on another level, please contact me at mike@mikelawler.com

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Mission: Wisconsin Story Project is dedicated to gathering and sharing the stories of the people of Wisconsin in creative, meaningful ways. We believe that sharing our collective story brings us together as a community, enriches our lives, and contributes to stronger connections and communication for future generations.

Wisconsin Story Project is led by collaborative artists that provide an outlet for creative community involvement while producing eco-responsiible work of the highest quality.

“To be a person is to have a story to tell.” – Isak Dinesen

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One Response to “An Open Call from Wisconsin Story Project”

  1. Mike, this is such a worthwhile project you are launching! Telling stories has been a big part of my life and work with The Courage To Teach for the last ten years. Here is something I came across during that time…

    ON TELLING OUR STORIES

    “My story is important not because it is mine…but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is yours. Maybe nothing is more important than that we keep track..of these stories of who we are and where we have come from and the people we have met along the way..(because) to lose track of our stories is to be profoundly impoverished not only humanly, but spiritually. I not only have my secrets, I am my secrets. And you are yours. Our secrets are human secrets, and our trusting each other enough to share them with each other has much to do with the secret of what it means to be human.” -Frederick Buechner

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