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Absolutely wonderful!
Everything I’ve seen from them or participated in has been a joy to experience.
— Jennifer Calhoun
 
 
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TAILS FROM THE WITCH'S CAULDRON

 
 
 
With this production, they take unconventional theatre to a whole different level. “Tails From The Witch’s Cauldron” is wacky, interactive, vaudeville-flavored fun.
— The Akronist
 
"Tails From The Witch's Cauldron" features Wandering Aesthetics' bloodiest, sexiest stories yet! These three madcap tales of magic, mystery and maidens are sure to enchant audiences, leaving them spellbound with laughter, horror or both. (Okay. There really aren't "maidens" in these stories, but hags ruined the alliteration.)

With:

Nici Romo (from Stow, Ohio)
And Wandering Aesthetics’ own Kyle Jozsa (from Akron, Ohio)

Just make sure to get home before the witching hour.

Sponsored by NORKA Beverage

***This is performance probably isn't suitable for children. But that's not our call...
Tails
"Tails From The Witch's Cauldron" features Wandering Aesthetics' bloodiest, sexiest stories yet! These three madcap tales of magic, mystery and maidens are sure to enchant audiences, leaving them spellbound with laughter, horror or both. (Okay. There really aren't "maidens" in these stories, but hags ruined the alliteration.)

With:

Nici Romo (from Stow, Ohio)
And Wandering Aesthetics’ own Kyle Jozsa (from Akron, Ohio)

Just make sure to get home before the witching hour.

Sponsored by NORKA Beverage

***This is performance probably isn't suitable for children. But that's not our call...
 
 
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BOOGERS, WITCHES & HAINTS

 
Jozsa is a masterful and practiced storyteller.
— Roger Durbin, Knight Foundation
 
 
In 2013, Wandering Aesthetics’ co-artistic directors completed a thru-hike of the 2,185.9-mile Appalachian Trail. But they didn't come back alone...

Master Storyteller Kyle Jozsa leads audiences on a spine-tingling journey into the heart of Appalachia. Intertwining real-life experiences with campfire stories collected on their adventure, Jozsa conjures "Boogers, Witches and Haints" off the AT and into the imagination. There are many chills, thrills, and laughs sprinkled throughout this hour-long solo performance.

**There is minor graphic/adult language that may make this unsuitable for children under 10.

(For an interactive, family-friendly version, see "Scared Silly.")
 
 
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SCARED SILLY

 
 
 
mov­ing all about the stage, and even jump­ing into the au­di­ence, Jozsa brings the au­di­ence to laugh­ter and fright dur­ing these su­per­sti­tious leg­ends...
— The Devil Strip
 
Join Wandering Aesthetics' Storyteller Kyle Jozsa as he leads audiences on a silly, spine-tingling adventure straight out of the backwoods.

Using interactive stories, songs and games, SCARED SILLY conjures up a campfire-like atmosphere – even indoors! Perfect for children and adults of all ages, this 45-minute performance is sure to entertain, summoning spooks and skeletons out of the imagination and onto the stage. There will be many chills, thrills, laughter and squeals!

BEWARE: Boogers, Witches and Haints may appear!!!
 
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KEEP THE PEACE

 
 
 
 
Keep The Peace uses stories and songs to lead an interactive journey to inner (and outer) peace.

Using folk tales from around the world, Keep The Peace examines the development of tools into weapons and proposes alternative answers to violence.

This solo-performance is a theatrical storytelling event.
 
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THE OPEN DOOR

 
 
 
Mission Statement: Drawing from the rich artistic traditions within Akron, our mission is to introduce community members to diverse forms of creative expression, building community by crossing boundaries, enriching lives and opening the door to the imagination.

The Open Door is a monthly workshop led by a different master teacher each session and highlighting a different area associated with performance. From physical action to voice to dance, anyone can benefit from these skills. No experience necessary!!!

The Open Door is currently on hiatus. Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified about future dates.
 
 
 
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THE BOILING POINT

 
 
 
Mission Statement: The Boiling Point is that wild moment where internal pressures surpass outer, triggering a transformation. “Alternative” plays serve as our fuel to ignite the minds of Akronites. By reading a diverse array of texts, we set ablaze different genres, aesthetics and cultures– especially those works beyond the scope of traditional American theatre. The friction between these new encounters and their resulting conversations will generate the spark of fresh ideas that will take Akron to The Boiling Point.

The Boiling Point is open to the public. Anyone may come and read a part or simply listen and join the discussion afterwards.

The Open Door is currently on hiatus. Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified about future dates.
 
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REST STOP POLITICAL THEATRE PROJECT

 
 
 
ABOUT THE JOY OF VOTING:

Through the Joy of Voting, Citizen University– a national nonprofit based in Seattle– aims to help address a growing trend of lower voter turnout in local elections. The project will create localized, action-oriented projects in four cities across the country to foster a stronger culture of voting.

In Akron, Citizen University is partnering with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron to help promote the project. In addition to Akron, Joy of Voting projects are launching in Miami, FL; Wichita, KS; and Philadelphia, PA. The Joy of Voting project derives its vision from an article in “The Atlantic” written by Citizen University founder and CEO Eric Liu, in which he asks that it’s possible to revive 18th and 19th century practices of raucous, participatory activity and pageantry around elections.

Winning organizations in Akron include: The Big Love Network, artist Megan Young, Wandering Aesthetics, Engaging to Excel with Excellence and the Akron Beacon Journal in collaboration with the Jefferson Center.

ABOUT THE “REST STOP POLITICAL THEATRE PROJECT":

“Rest Stop Political Theatre” is a mobile performance– devised to take place in the bed of a pickup truck– that will travel to five Akron neighborhoods. Performances will take place outdoors in civic common spaces in the weeks leading up to the October 11 voter registration deadline. The goal: help get people registered while galvanizing an informed electoral to participate in this quintessential civic duty.

“Rest Stop” builds on theatrical foundations established by Brecht, Boal, the Living Newspaper, Bread & Puppet and Teatro Campesino to use theatre to galvanize political discourse among everyday citizens. Using a variety of tools (ex: puppetry, physical comedy, folk music) these live performances will be fun, educational, interactive AND encourage civic participation. Performing on the back of a beat-up truck allows us to challenge the notion that theatre (and voting) is a luxury only relevant to some.

ABOUT CITIZEN UNIVERSITY:

Citizen University is a national nonprofit based in Seattle that promotes and teaches the art of powerful citizenship. In addition to the Joy of Voting, programs and initiatives include the Civic Collaboratory, a civic leadership network; Sworn-Again America, a project on civic rituals; the Citizen University National Conference; and programs and resources to teach civic power. For more, visit www.citizenuniversity.us.

ABOUT THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION:

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, wants to bring JOY back to the ballot box. In this TED Talk from September 2016, he details how he and his team are fostering the culture around voting in the 2016 US presidential election. (Check out 6:48 for a Wandering Aesthetics shout out!)

 

A member of Voto Latino, an a organization that seeks to transform America by recognizing Latinos’ innate leadership, found our poem through Liu's TED Talk. They created this video as a part of their "get out the vote" campaign leading up to the 2016 election. Here is what Voto Latino had to say: "we are honored to uplift the voices of migrant workers who won't be able to vote today. They wrote this poem in their ESL class earlier this year. We hope you will represent them today!"

 
 
 
 
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THE JOY OF VOTING
By Gloria, Jose, Beti, Victor, Lulu, Beth, Gabriella, Juan, and Lupita
(ESL students at the migrant camp in Ohio)

VOTING ISN’T COOL
By Chad Weaver

SCHOOL OF THOUGHT
By Mark Harvey Levine

CHOICES
By Jillian Seevers

THE TEA PARTY
By Shirley King

STRANGE AEONS AND FREE HOT DOGS
By John Weagly

I WRITE AMERICA
By Katie Beck, John Dayo-Aliya, Mercedes Littell & Kyle Jozsa
 
 

THE JOY OF VOTING

I would like to vote for the first time because things are changing for Hispanics.

I would like to be able to vote for president of the U.S. I would vote for the candidate who has the best proposals and options to benefit all people who live here. I would like to be able to vote because I live here.

I used to be afraid of ghosts. Now I’m more afraid of people. There’s more racism and violence. Voting can end this.

I would like to vote so young migrants have the best opportunities to study.

The border wall is nothing. It’s just a wall. But, the wall of shame we face is something. It’s very important to vote so we can break down this wall of shame. 

They treat us like criminals. Why do I want to be a citizen? Because I want to vote to make a change.

I’m happy I am able to vote. My family makes voting a party.

I have a dream that this country can change. I want a change for all Hispanics who are treated poorly.

I have passion in my heart. Voting gives me a voice and power. I can stand up and do something.
 

LA ALEGRIA DE VOTAR

Me gustaría vota por primera vez porque las cosas están cambiando para los hispanos.

Me gustaría poder votar por presidente de los Estados Unidos. Votaría por el candidato que tenga las mejores propuestas y opciones que beneficien a todos los que vivimos aquí. Me gustaría poder votar porque vivo aquí.

Antes le temia a los fantasmas. Ahora, le temo mas a las personas. Hay mas racismo y violencia. Votar podría acabar esto.

Me gustaría votar para que los jóvenes migrantes tengan mejores oportunidades para estudiar.

El muro fronterizo no es nada. Solo es una pared. Pero, el muro de la vergüenza al que nos enfrentamos es algo. Es importante votar para poder quebrar ese muro de la vergüenza.

Nos tratan como criminales. Por que quiero ser ciudadano? Porque quiero hacer una diferencia.

Estoy feliz de poder votar. Mi familia hacen del votar una fiesta.

Tengo el sueño de que este país pueda cambiar. Quiero un cambio para todos los hispanos que son tratados mal.

Tengo pasión en mi corazón. Votar me da una voz y poder. Puedo levantarme y hacer algo.

– By Gloria, Jose, Beti, Victor, Lulu, Beth, Gabriella, Juan, and Lupita
 
 
 
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MOTHERHOOD

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Motherhood is a beautiful thing, but do you really know your mother? While she was busy adoring you and taking care of your every need, she was also busy being a person— a wife, daughter, co-worker and friend... did you see all the balls she had in the air?

Get to know your mother at this storytelling performance.


 
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TRAIL MAGIC

 
 
 
 
 
Following his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2013, Wandering Aesthetics' Co-Artistic Director Kyle Jozsa made his directorial debut with this family-friendly look at Grandma “Emma” Gatewood, the first female A.T. thru-hiker.

Audiences joined Emma as she painted a picture of life on and off the 2,185.9-mile trail before the invention of cellphones or pocket stoves.

People were amazed at her strength, perseverance and humor through times of struggle in EVERY walk of life.
 
 
 
 
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