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School of Humanities Presents Danielle Vignes’ "Hang It Out to Dry: Katrina’s Spun Tales," March 11 & 12

Date Released: 2/26/2008

The Purchase College School of Humanities presents Danielle Vignes, who will perform her one-woman show Hang It Out to Dry: Katrina’s Spun Tales, March 11 at 7 PM and March 12 at 8 PM in the Humanities Theatre of the Durst Family Humanities Building. Both performances will be followed by a discussion with the playwright. The March 12 post-play discussion will also feature New York-based playwright and director Lear deBessonet, whose own work parallels that of Ms. Vignes’ in compelling ways. Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-251-7854.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

Hang It Out to Dry is the finale of the Ms. Vignes’ three-part cycle of performed narrative collected for almost a decade from residents of Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana where she was born and raised. In Hang It Out to Dry, she explores common themes and sentiments of a washed away community, soaked land and spun tales of “Da Parish” in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In this performance, she tries to preserve those stories told by a displaced community, stories of loss and hope at a time when neighborhoods and art forms must be reimagined.

Her first performance in the cycle, Chalmette: A Promised Land, was a light-hearted celebration that focused on the neighborhood gossip, jokes and superstitions of the community. The second, A Tribute to Storyellers: Isleno Decima Singers of Louisiana, traced a local art form within the Spanish traditions of the region.

The performances are co-sponsored by the Drama Studies program.