March 14, 2014 – 7 PM
Public Space One
120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City
“Protect Our Parks Pass It On” is a collection of ten of the most powerful testimonies from the “Protect Our Parks” campaign, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since 2013. These three-minute testimonies have been delivered to County Council members at bi-monthly meetings in Pittsburgh by regular citizens ranging in age from ten to eighty. The statements give voice to the public’s deep concerns about fracking in the county parks, proposed to begin in 2014.
A selection of these testimonies will be performed by Iowa City and Coralville citizens, including members of the 100 Grannies group, as a way to amplify and enhance the hard work being done in Pittsburgh. During this re-performance the public will hear that the struggle in Pittsburgh is indeed a universal one – shared by all and in accord with the whole human race. Though some details may differ from place to place, what is truly at stake is future of this planet and what will happen if we fail to get off fossil fuels now.
The performance will be directed by Willie Barbour, an artist and teacher based in Cedar Rapids. The piece was created by Pittsburgh-based artist Jennifer Nagle Myers with the support of the Protect Our Parks campaign.
Jennifer Nagle Myers is a visual artist living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work believes the future is bright against all odds and somewhere in it The Other is announced as The Self, and we move onwards from there. Her practice follows two trajectories: as a studio-based artist in sculpture, photography, printmaking, and drawing; and as director of public performances. Characters that return cyclically include: every woman who ever lived; an extinct river dolphin; the people of Pittsburgh; and her 1992 Saturn sedan automobile, just to name a few. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the US. She seeks gallery representation and is a Triple Libra.
Willie Barbour is a transplanted Southern California native who, as a non-traditional student, completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa in 2001. He has 7 years teaching experience in rhetoric, playwriting, directing, acting, and dance and theater theory. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Kirkwood, he also teaches at the University of Iowa and tutors at the UI Writing Center. He is a teacher, writer, director, composer, photographer/multi-media artist, and a performer who has appeared in productions in London, Edinburgh, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Iowa City and most recently in Cedar Rapids.