Magnetic 375 at 375 Depot Street 914.830.3000

Mainstage Productions

a new piece for children and families of all ages, this theatre for young audiences production allows children in the South a platform to tell their own stories


a devised piece by Abby Felder (writer), Alex Smith (dramaturge), and Rebecca Williams (video), with the Ensemble

directed and co-created by Eva Von Schweinitz

at Magnetic 375
375 Depot Street in the River Arts District

April 19-28, 2019

An immersive experience with puppetry, live folk music, video and more that explores the stories of young people and of the South, starting with Lewis Hine's photos of children in textile mills at the turn of the century, and ending with contemporary narratives gathered directly from local young people during onsite residencies focusing on personal narrative and oral history.


Fri 4/19- 7pm

Sat 4/20 - 1pm & 4pm
Sun 4/21- 1pm & 4pm

Thurs 4/25 - 7pm
Fri 4/26 - 7pm
Sat 4/27 - 1pm & 4pm
Sun 4/28- 1pm

*meant to be enjoyed by everyone 8 and older

With Performers (in formation) Edwin Salas Acosta, Holly Heveron-Smith, Jake Donham, and more to be announced soon!

ACA offers specially discounted Camp and School Matinees with $5 tickets, pre-show study guide, and post-show Q&A with discussion questions developed with educators and family therapy practitioners to help audiences discuss content explored during performance.  Performances are April 18 & 19 and 23-26 at 10am and 12pm at Magnetic 375. For more information and to reserve contact or call 914-830-3000.

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students operate the puppet from Linthead during onsite artistic residencies

Onsite Residencies for Students 4th Grade - High School

led by ACA teaching artists, for at least 1 and up to 5 sessions, students will engage with oral history techniques and digital storytelling!


ACA Oral History and Digital Storytelling Residency

In the early 1900’s, Lewis Hine was commissioned by the National Child Labor Committee to photograph working conditions of young people in industrial / factory environments. Though these images were used to pass legislation regulating child labor, Hine did not get permission from his subjects who became part of specific narrative about childhood in the South that was told to a national audience. Now, over 100 years later, what does a contemporary portrait of childhood in the South look like, and what happens if we give the youth themselves the tools to be the authors of their own narratives?

In this residency students will be introduced to basic oral history (what it is, best practices, ethics), techniques for developing interview questions, and will engage with technology (phone or tablet) to record and edit peer interviews and / or personal narratives developed around the question “Who Am I?” and “Where Do I Come From?”

If a multiple day residency, students will adapt their oral history to a digital storytelling piece, using self-selected images and sound effects to convert their oral history to a short film.

Interested students can sign a release authorizing ACA to use portions of their work in ACA’s upcoming piece, LINTHEAD, which will explore historical and contemporary portraits of childhood in the South, for which they will be given creative credit and complimentary tickets.

Connection to Common Core:

In addition to engaging with regional history, oral history, and simple digital storytelling technology / techniques, students will be asked to dramatize, order, arrange, prioritize, combine, and plan. Digital stories also require a narrative writing component- developing linguistic and writing skills which will also require them to brainstorm, evaluate and synthesize knowledge. This project also promotes growth of social-emotional skills, such as confidence and empathy.

For pricing and booking, please email or call 914/830-3000

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