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Slideshow: Up Close - Voices of Our Elders at SJCT - Sept. 2017

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Up Close - Voices of Our Elders - Slideshow

The Up Close project brings the stories, wisdom, artistry, and humor of Island elders to the stage of San Juan Community Theatre’s Gubelman Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, September. 17. 

Local composer and pianist Grisha Krivchenia teamed up with SJCT to present such stories after working on a similar project in New Mexico. “I had the great privilege of writing original songs with hospice patients in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was very keen to write songs with and for my Island community,” said Grisha. “Our elders have powerful words to share from a lifetime of experience, and a song delivers their messages beautifully.”

Several islanders have been working with Grisha since May and will present songs, readings and poetry.  “This is the epitome of community,” said SJCT Executive/Artistic Director Bobby Ryan.  “The act of sharing one’s story has the inherent quality of bringing people closer together.”

Tickets are $15 and are available at the SJCT Box Office (360.378.3210) or on-line at www.sjctheatre.org


“Orphan Girl” Nedra Thomas with Grisha Krivchenia

“Lullaby for Mama” Sara Patten

“Two Steps Forward” Eleanor Parnes with Susan Matthews

“Adria” Chuck Fisher with Grisha Krivchenia

“Reflections” John Moore with Mary Karen Ryan

“The Long Winter” Lillian Siegel with Grisha Krivchenia

“Seven Knots” Lee Brewer with Grisha Krivchenia

“the river runs swiftly beneath my feet” Cynthia Church

“The Wilderness in Me” Shann Weston with Grisha Krivchenia


Stormy Hildreth

Darvis Taylor

Grisha Krivchenia

Sara Patten Eleanor Parnes

Chuck Fisher

John Moore

Shannon Kelley

Cynthia Church

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