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Shared Stories to be Presented May 17, 2012 at the Museum

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas Children’s Theater Introduce Pilot Theater Project

President Kennedy's death in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 was a transformational moment for those who lived through it. But does this historic event still matter today, especially for young people born long after the assassination?


Shared Stories, written by Dallas Children's Theater resident playwright Linda Daugherty, is a play inspired by The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza's Oral History Collection. It follows Angela and D.J. as they investigate a mysterious old document while listening to memories of individuals who lived through that fateful day. In the process Angela and D.J. fall under the spell of the powerful voices and images from the past and, ultimately, discover the value in every story.

The pilot play is a result of a year-long collaboration between the Museum and the Dallas Children's Theater.

"As the Museum strives to illuminate not just the historical chronology and impact of the assassination of President Kennedy, it also seeks new ways to engage audiences almost 50 years later," said Nicola Longford, Executive Director, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. "By combining history and theater, this collaboration with the Dallas Children's Theater Center helps the Museum connect with multigenerational audiences.

"History, literature and the arts are all critical to a child's growth," said Sharron Hunt Munson, Board President, Dallas Children's Theater. "We're pleased to be a community partner with The Sixth Floor Museum on this project; it is an amazing and unique opportunity to incorporate important historical events into our mission of bringing literature to life."

Shared Stories will be presented to the public Thursday, May 17 at 11:30 AM on the seventh floor at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Admission to the play is free. The play can also be seen at the YMCA of Dallas and Woodrow Wilson High School May 17 and 18, 2012. There are no further performances planned for this pilot project.

Shared Stories is made possible through an America's Historical and Cultural Organizations planning grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities. The Museum will be asking for audience feedback during this pilot phase of the project and will use it to apply for additional funding to fully implement this program.

DCT Contact Information:
Sandra Session-Robertson
Senior Director of Communications and Philanthropy
Dallas Children's Theater
214-978-0110 x 154
sandra.robertson@dct.org

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