About the Grant

$40,000 to support How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? (MAP 2008), a three-part, multimedia performance work choreographed and directed by Ralph Lemon.  Described as a “speculative fiction epic,” the project bridges the personal and the universal in an exploration of the possibilities of intercultural collaboration, the allegiances of race, and the power and unreliability of memory.  Each of the three parts—Sunshine Room, Wall/Hole and No Room—will live as a complete performance while being constructed to come together in one evening-length work.

About the Project

How Can You Stay... has evolved from Lemon's five-year collaboration with centenarian Walter Carter, a former sharecropper who has lived his entire life in Bentonia, Mississippi. The full work will involve professional performers as well as residents, young and old, of Bentonia and Yazoo City. Lemon has commissioned Walter Carter's son, Warren (a former factory worker) and Lloyd Williams (a longtime farm laborer) to design and fabricate a spaceship, a flying saucer and a locomotive that are essential visual elements of the stage sets for the work.


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