Nostalgia: A Return Home
Martin, Megan D.
When the summer ended, I had interviewed eight people: three ladies living in the same retirement home, two retired nuns, an ex-gang member-turned college student, a custodian, a park district art instructor and an elementary school teacher. We talked about heritage, humility, foreignness, the neighborhood, aging, racism, childhood, the system, education, violence, the Man, community, shared space, jobs, and the home. It is amazing how readily people will disclose what is in their hearts and pasts. It is equally tragic how many people long to be listened to but have no outlet. I was lucky to be that listener. I spent a sizable amount of time attempting to remind myself of these people and translate what they told into a medium that was conducive to the essence of memory. I determined to reiterate their voices through the theatre. Anna Deveare Smith points out that "After all, identity is in some ways a process toward character"(xxv). And I meant to struggle with the identity of this particular community. I resolved to compile a series of monologues based on the stories and personalities of the people I interviewed. I did not attempt to regurgitate exactly what was said. I merely set out to create the character of a community based on what I heard and saw.
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