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Because You are Here and Hear Here Walla Walla project records, 2018-2019
- Cerullo, Jessica A.; Kramer, Tia A.
- Because You are Here and Hear Here Walla Walla project records
- 2018-2019 (inclusive)20182019
- 1.77 gigabytes, (152 digital files)
- Collection Number
- Because You Are Here was a performance based on interviews with immigrant and first generation members of the Walla Walla, Washington community performed at Whitman College. The story phone line, Hear Here Walla Walla, was created in tandem with the performance as another means to share excerpts from the featured interviews. This collection contains the digital records created from the projects.
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research, with the exception of the audio and transcripts of two interviews which are restricted until 2038.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Because You Are Here was a performance based on interviews with immigrant and first generation members of the Walla Walla community. Whitman College Assistant Professor of Theater Jessica Cerullo, and social choreographer and performance artist Tia Kramer, worked with 8 students in the Devised Theatre and Social Practices Course to create Because You Are Here. The play was performed at the Harper Joy Theatre in fall 2018.
For the hour-long production, the students along with Kramer and Cerullo, interviewed about 35 people in Walla Walla. Ten of those interviews became the script of the play. The performance centered on questions and experiences of migration both on a national and local level. The interviews with community members focused on the themes of exclusion, belonging, invisibility, and courage, and the interviewees were invited to contribute as collaborators, editors, observers and creators in the theatre-making process.
The audience was also invited to talk with representatives from the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition, a community organization focused on ensuring the rights of immigrants through education, access to legal counseling and moral and social support services. After the Saturday matinee performance, the cast and a few interviewees who were willing to be identified, joined the public for a discussion about the making of the work and the impact of the work on their individual and civic lives.
After each performance, audience members were invited onto the stage to listen to a story phone line, Hear Here WALLA WALLA, which was created in tandem with the performance as another means to share excerpts from the featured interviews. The story phone line is available to access online, and it allows you to listen to stories and navigate through the topics of Belonging, Exclusion, Courage, Invisibility, Change, Tradition, Legacy, Sunrise, and the question: if you knew you would be heard, is there one last thing you would like to say? A physical phone booth where community members could listen to the stories was also placed at different locations around Walla Walla.
The projects were sponsored by the Whitman College Innovation in Teaching and Learning fund and the Andrew W. Mellon foundation.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Because You are Here and Hear Here Walla Walla project records include digital recordings of interviews, transcriptions in English and Spanish for select interviews, and the digital recordings featured in the Hear Here Walla Walla Phone Booth. Also included are digital files from the play Because you are Here, including the script, rehearsal reports, production photographs, and press about the play. There are also digital files documenting the Mellon Grant application, and course development materials for the Devised Theater course in which the play was developed. Additionally, there are some files documenting the Phone Booth tour, and student grant-funded projects that were born out of the course.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Donated to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives by Whitman College Associate Professor of Theatre, Jessica A. Cerrullo, and Tia A. Kramer on April 11, 2019. The accession number is 2019-012.
Born digital files were transfered via Google Drive. MD5 checksums were assigned to the digital files at the point of ingest using DataAccessioner.
Duplicate files were deleted. Some folder names have been slightly changed to facilitate access and discovery, but a record of the original filenames is available upon request. The original file structure has been maintained.
Files containing oral history release forms were removed from the collection and added to the accession file. Restricted interview files were removed from the access copy and quarantined with master copy for preservation.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|A Life of Its Own
|Because You Are Here Production
|Devised Theater Course
The Interviews_Hear Here Walla Walla Audio
The audio and transcripts of two interviews are restricted until 2038.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Hispanic Americans
- Whitman College. Harper Joy Theatre
- Whitman College. Theatre Department
- Walla Walla (Wash.)