“Found Fayetteville”Posted: 12/22/2011
We’re back in Arkansas for the holidays, and I was asked to help in a neat theatre production on New Year’s Eve. There’s a fantastic troupe called the Artists Laboratory Theatre, and they’re putting on a show based on submissions of pictures, letters and other ephemera. Like Found Magazine, but live! The founder, Erika Wilhite, found a photograph from the 1970s of some cool dudes and dudettes sitting on the corner where I used to live. I was asked to re-create the photo with people from the neighborhood.
We’re hanging out at a coffee shop before we meet up with our old friends and neighbors to do a modern take on the photo. Some of us will probably look like we’re still in the 70s, and there’ll be a baby in someone’s arms instead of a camera. It’ll be good to see my old roommates again. We even ran into a guy at the coffee shop who had a camera, and enlisted him to take the photo. This is a regular day in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Meeting strangers, walking around with no definite place to go, recreating tableaux from the past (ok, that last one is a stretch).
The picture will be featured in a slideshow with the other submissions, and I’m not sure what drama will then be built around it. I’ll post an update once we take the photo.