This question, appearing at the top of a flyer distributed throughout former textile mill town Willimantic, CT, was the seed that began Write Your Roots. The project, initiated in the summer of 2016, sought Willimantic community members interested in writing about food to take part in a community writing and performance project to culminate in June 2017.
Participants did not have to have writing or acting experience to take part in the project. We simply invited anyone with a passion for food, whether that be as a food preparer, a farmer, a cook, food activist or simply a lover of food. With this open appeal, we now have a wide variety of experiences, cultures and voices represented in Write Your Roots.
Each participant has worked
with a writing coach and fellow group members to compose a 5-7 minute original monologue about some aspect of their relationship with food. Monologue topics range from teaching young children about growing food to food as a means of cross-cultural courtship to learning to cook in a different country. Our next step will be to rehearse and perform Write Your Roots in June 2017.
About Write Your Roots
Write Your Roots is led and coordinated by playwright and UConn English PhD student Sarah Moon in collaboration with CLiCK community kitchen in Willimantic, CT. Operating without a budget, all labor involved with the project is provided on a volunteer-basis and rehearsal space, food, props, etc. are all donated. The project will be an object of research for Sarah Moon’s upcoming doctoral dissertation which looks at the intersection of rhetoric, public discourse and theatre.