Roadside Theater collection, 1975-2005

Collection Roadside Theater collection

Extent
26 Cubic feet
6 Film containers
146 Video cassettes
91 Audio cassettes
21 Filmstrips
1200 Photographic images
Scope and Contents
The Roadside Theater collection contains more than 200 drafts of original play scripts; audio, video, print, and photographic documentation of the plays’ production processes and presentations in 43 states and internationally; books authored, co-authored, and co-edited by Roadside; detailed multi-media documentation of the theater’s more than 300 national community cultural development residencies in 29 states; and extensive critical writing about the ensemble’s artistic, management, and community engagement theories, methods, practices, and impacts.
 
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Abstract
Roadside Theater is the performing arts division of Appalshop, a multi-disciplinary media arts and education center located in southeastern Kentucky. The Roadside Theater collection consists of drafts of original play scripts; audio, video, print, and photographic documentation of the plays’ production processes and presentations; books authored, co-authored, and co-edited by Roadside; detailed multi-media documentation of the theater’s community cultural development residencies; and critical writing about the ensemble’s artistic, management, and community engagement theories, methods, practices, and impacts.</
Historical Note
Roadside Theater is a professional ensemble theater and a division of Appalshop, a multi-disciplinary, rural arts and education center located in Whitesburg, Kentucky.  The company was founded in 1975 to explore Appalachian historical narrative through local materials such as oral histories, traditional ballads and archetypal stories, the forms of indigenous church services, and personal memory.  The ensemble has performed locally, nationally, and internationally.  Over the years, the company developed community-based cultural exchange projects and created intercultural plays with other professional ensembles to explore issues of race and class in the United States.  More recently, Roadside Theater developed a methodology through which communities can use cultural resources to transform their histories into public performances based in local aesthetic forms.
Topics, Library of Congress Authority
Appalachians (People)
Appalachian Region--History
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