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L. D'Amour and K. Pearl

Milton

A Performance & Community Engagement Experiment

53rd State Press 2019

New Books in American StudiesNew Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Performing ArtsNew Books Network August 20, 2020 Andy Boyd

In 2012, Lisa D’Amour and Katie Pearl–known collectively as PearlDamour–began visiting five small American towns named Milton. From these visits emerged Milton: A Performance...

In 2012, Lisa D’Amour and Katie Pearl–known collectively as PearlDamour–began visiting five small American towns named Milton. From these visits emerged Milton: A Performance & Community Engagement Experiment (53rd State Press).

This is a book that will be of interest to anyone interested in theatre as a tool for community engagement. The project moves from tiny details about the residents of each town to wide-lens reflections on what it means to be a citizen of a changing America.

Milton is as interested in process as it in in product. It includes essayistic reflections on what it was like to visit and work in each Milton, as well as the full script of the Milton, North Carolina performance, the first in the cycle. This book is sure to find a receptive readership among educators and practitioners of community-based theatre, providing both practical advice and inspiration.

OBIE-award winning performance-making team PearlDamour has a 13-year history of creating work for theaters and alternative sites. Their intimate, interactive work playfully examines the interconnectivity of place, narrative and persona.


Andy Boyd is a playwright based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the playwriting MFA program at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the Arizona School for the Arts. His plays have been produced, developed, or presented at IRT, Pipeline Theatre Company, The Gingold Group, Dixon Place, Roundabout Theatre, Epic Theatre Company, Out Loud Theatre, Naked Theatre Company, Contemporary Theatre of Rhode Island, and The Trunk Space. He is currently working on a series of 50 plays about the 50 U.S. states. His website is AndyJBoyd.com, and he can be reached at andyjamesboyd@gmail.com.