Last week I attended a session of the Words and Music festival and got to hear a short reading from John Biguenet‘s new play Mold. The scene we heard was impressive, and I’m looking forward to the show when it premiers next March at Southern Rep.
There was a discussion afterwards and Mr. Biguenet discussed the importance of theatre being a voice for the community. While he is not using literal transcripts, the way Anna Deveare Smith does in her solo pieces, he definitely looks at the work as being documentary in nature.
Telling the stories of our communities can be very powerful theatre, as seen in shows like Exonerated, The Laramie Project, The People’s Temple, and Twilight, Los Angeles, 1992. If Mold is as good as the scene we saw at the festival, I hope his entire Rising Water trilogy gets more attention than just in Louisiana.
The three plays tell stories of Hurricane Katrina and how people survived, returned, and adapted to all the went through.