A Night at the Yarn Exchange
The cast and community of The Jonesborough Yarn Exchange performed their first ever Community Performance in 2011 with I Am Home. Now they take to the stage at the International Storytelling Center each month for a unique combination of community storytelling, music, and good old-fashioned fun with the radio show, A Night at the Yarn Exchange.
Catch the newest A Night at the Yarn Exchange at the ISC the fourth Monday of each month! DVD copies are available after each month’s performance. Simply click on the DONATE button at the side of this page. Be sure to include your name and address during your Paypal purchase and we’ll send it off right away!
You can get an “on the ground” glimpse of the Yarn Exchange’s work through CPI intern Ben Barge’s blog posts. Beautiful pictures and timely updates can be found on JYE's Facebook page.
“Telling Jonesborough’s Stories”
I Am Home and StoryFire Films
In 2010, CPI partnered with the International Storytelling Center, the Town of Jonesborough, and the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to found the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange. Their first initiative was the Telling Jonesborough’s Stories program, which took place in two parts:
In Part I, CPI and local volunteers gathered over 80 interviews and 2000 pages of transcript to give birth to the community performance I Am Home. The play, written by CPI’s Jules Corriere and directed by CPI’s Richard Geer, was mounted with a 70 person community cast in April and May 2011 and in again in October for 60-plus hugely successful performances. Read all about the production here. Take a look at CPI’s inspirational trailer here. Click here to read "Story Collector Reflects on Impact of I AM HOME" from A! Magazine for the Arts.
In Part II, CPI partnered with the EPIC program (designed by Carrie Marchant of Johnson City’s Foundations for Life Principles) to engage the Tri-Cities area’s young people. Resident director Janna Browning oversaw a class that took EPIC-CPI into Jonesborough community high schools with StoryFire Films. The film program featured L.A. filmmaker Chris Wieland and a select group of high school students that documented their stories on video and produced an inventive way to approach community performance – on film.