What is Spoon River Rochester?

Created by Rochester theatre group, METHOD MACHINE, Spoon River Rochester (SRR) is based on the complete text of Edgar Lee Masters’ classic Spoon River Anthology, a haunting collection of 244 free-form poems/epitaphs of the deceased citizens of a fictional small town called ‘Spoon River.’ SRR will feature almost 300 Rochesterians from all walks of life, dressed in white and performing the poems simultaneously along downtown’s Gibbs Street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic. Audience members will walk amongst this “living gallery,” creating unique, interactive experiences for each participant.

How does the audience experience Spoon River Rochester?

The performances are on Friday September 26 & Saturday September 27th at 6:30, promptly. The performance is only 30-minutes long, so don’t be late! You can approach the performance area from Main Street and Gibbs Street or East Ave and Gibbs Street. Performers will be up and down the closed block of Gibbs near Eastman Theater, the Circle Garden at Eastman Place and in the Spiegelgarden.

The crowd will wander through the “living graveyard” and listen to the characters stories. Many of the performers will be speaking at the same time, but not everyone all at once. Fans can search for their favorite characters, onlookers can hop from performance to performance or let the sounds of the stories direct you…

What is the Spoon River Anthology?

Spoon River is the fictional town that Edgar Lee Masters' writes about in his collection of free-form poetry called Spoon River Anthology. There are 244 poems in the collection and each one is a different character from Spoon River reading their elegies, as each one of them is dead. Written in 1915, the collection had been read in schools and performed on stages across the world.

Spoon River Rochester is a unique theatrical experience (aka This is not your mama’s play.)

Who is putting this on?

Spoon River Rochester was created by Method Machine

Performance & Art. For more information on Method Machine,

visit their website  www.methodmachine.org




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