Experience a new piece of contemporary dramatic literature every month with Relative Theatrics. Participants will engage directly with modern plays by listening to actor-led readings of the texts, then joining discussions breaking down the thematic elements of the works and their relevance to today’s society.
In May, come discuss Stephen Karam’s The Humans. “…what is so amazing about The Humans (and this is a really amazing new play) is that while Karam’s writing never romanticizes these characters nor minimizes the struggles of those who find themselves lower-middle class and older in years in today’s increasingly elitist and divisive America, he focuses on their connections with each other. You watch them drive each other crazy, but you also want them at your own dinner, quite badly. You’ll be surprised how much. It is hard to think of another play that has dealt with these realities of life as it is lived in ordinary America–that faraway country Broadway so often chooses to ignore in favor of the bourgeoisie problems of one of the Upper Sides–with such compassion.” -Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune
Join educator and songster Bill Rossiter a musical presntation; Magic Carpet made of Steel. Rossiter uses Songs and stories to help recapture the wonder railroads once inspired. Using tunes and yarns this presentation explores what railroads meant to the West in particular and the US in general in both the distant and not so distant past.
Join John D. Farr, a lifelong student of Kit Carson and his times for “Kit Carson in Wyoming and the West”. “Kit” Carson, mountain man fur trapper, explorer, and military leader, did not read or write but spoke 12 languages, including Native American languages and is estimated to have traveled 50,000 miles on foot in the western territories. Learn about the life and times of the famous but unknown “Kit” Carson which included California statehood, the Civil War, early western settlement and war with Mexico.
“Kit” Carson, was a mountain man fur trapper, explorer, and military leader. He did not read or write but spoke 12 languages, including Native American languages and is estimated to have traveled 50,000 miles on foot in the western territories. Learn about the life and times of the famous but unknown “Kit” Carson which included California statehood, the Civil War, early western settlement and war with Mexico.
Join experienced attorney John Davis for The Trial of Tom Horn for an examination of the conviction of Tom Horn. Author Davis demonstrates how this trial marked a major milestone in the hard-fought battle against vigilantism in Wyoming and presents every twist and turn of a fascinating trial. His account illuminates a larger narrative between the power of wealth and the forces of law order. Participants will come away with an understanding of what an enormous challenge to democracy vigilantism was in early Wyoming and how the fight against willful cattle barons shaped the history of the state.
Jessica chronicles John Wesley Powell’s expeditions on the Green and Colorado Rivers. She intertwines her own adventures on the Colorado River with other contemporary experiences on the river using historic documents and photographs as well as youtube videos in her presentation.
Flock holds an MA in Education from the University of Wyoming and has worked as a Substitute, ESL, Social Studies and Reading teacher and librarian in Albany County and the Cathedral Home in Laramie. She is also a UNC Workshop facilitator. She recently accepted the position of History Day Coordinator with the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.