based on the story by Jean Giono
The Exchange Artists are pleased to present THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES, a site-specific theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s allegorical tale, running October 4 – 20, Thursday through Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. The performance will take place both indoors and outdoors at Sparky Pocket Park with actors guiding the traveling audience throughout the space to witness the story unfold. Sparky Park is located at 3701 Grooms Street, Austin, TX 78705 just south of 38 ½ Street, two blocks west of Duval Street in the North University Neighborhood. Tickets are a suggested $15-$25 donation and can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (979) 255-8292, or online at brownpapertickets.com.
THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES, an internationally beloved short story by French author Jean Giono, is a beautiful reminder of each individual’s responsibility and opportunity to be a steward of our natural resources. Set in Provence between 1913 and 1947, the story follows Elzeard Bouffier, a man who singlehandedly plants one hundred acorns every day for over thirty years. His perseverance and constancy in creation offer a meaningful contrast to the immense destruction that Jean, a young traveler to Provence, experiences during two world wars. Elzeard’s work is not only successful in restoring a desolate landscape through his labor, but in restoring hope to a people. The tale is a gentle reminder that our lives and our livelihoods are in direct connection with the earth.
This adaptation by The Exchange Artists brings Giono’s simple tale to life with an immersive play that utilizes both French and English languages, dance, an original score by Rohan Joseph, projected media by Katie Rose Pipkin, and the natural beauty of Sparky Park.
THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES features Hildreth England, Alexander Hilary, Gene Menger, Vanessa Marie O’Brien, and Rommel Sulit. The story is adapted by Katherine Craft and directed by Rachel Wiese. Technical coordination is by Zac Crofford; costumes and production oversight are by Jamie Urban.
About The Exchange Artists: As Exchange Artists we create theatre inspired by cultural exchange at home in Austin, TX and abroad. Through international collaboration and community engagement we empower our artists and audiences with fresh perspectives, new experiences and a strengthened sense of connection.
THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES will run Thursday through Sunday evenings at 7 pm at Sparky Pocket Park, 3701 Grooms Street, Austin, TX, 78705. Tickets are a suggested $15 - $25 donation. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com, over the phone at (979) 255-8292, or online at brownpapertickets.org.
For more information, visit www.exchangeartists.org.