As our country faces the greatest threat to public lands in its history, Wild Home takes an odyssey across rural America by collaborating with fifteen rural towns significantly pressured by extractive industries. In each area, Wild Home partners with local community to hold public story-sharing events. A professional playwright then crafts plays based on shared testimony and community feedback. The plays are performed by community and professional actors in outdoor spaces and interspersed with facilitated dialogue about efforts in community to protect wilderness. The program is designed so the plays can travel from rural areas to city centers, as a means of exploring and deepening conversation around climate change, land sovereignty and the industrialization of public lands at a grassroots level and on a national, policymaker scale. See HowlRound‘s feature on the program in their Theatre in the Age of Climate Change series. And check out this Broadway World interview programs creators Jessica Kahkoska and Notch Theatre Company.
Wild Home is currently on the ground in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, talking to folks in Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley about extractive industries in their neighborhoods and in the Wayne National Forest. Click here to learn more about the issues facing The Wayne and check out the amazing work coming out of our local community partner organizations: Indigenous Environmental Network, The Ohio Environmental Council, Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund, FracTracker Alliance, Earth Works , Save Our Roots, Keep Wayne Wild, Public Herald, Center for Coalfield Justice and the Clean Air Council.