AN AUDIO WALKING EXPERIENCE OF
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION
Conceived by ASA WEMBER and BEN BECKLEY
Written by BEN BECKLEY, NKENNA AKUNNA, and ISAAC LORTON
SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 24
Junction is a site-specific, dramatic walking experience of White River Junction, VT, covering a century and a half of local history, from the filming of director D.W Griffith’s iconic Way Down East in 1920 to the cultural and economic dislocations of the 1970s to the unexpected challenges of 2020, the strangest year of all.
Using only a cellphone and a pair of headphones, individual audience members will be guided from one location to the next as audio scenes play out before them. From the city’s storied train station to the stunning convergence of the Connecticut and White Rivers at Lyman Point Park, Junction reframes the places we think we know.
The three tracks in the Junction Walking Tour include:
In 1920, actress Dorothy Gish takes the train to White River Junction to meet her movie star sister, Lillian Gish, on the set of her next project, D.W. Griffith’s silent film Way Down East, shooting on the frozen Connecticut River. Will Dorothy ever be able to step out from behind her sister’s shadow?
In 1970, Cecelia Okocha, a biracial teenager, takes a train from Harlem to White River Junction to stay with her godmother — but there is nobody waiting for her at the train station…and not a lot of folks in town who look like her. Can this be home?
In 2020, Ira, a local freelance writer, walks around White River Junction during the pandemic looking for his next story. From birdwatching and wild bobcats, to protests and unexpected tragedies, the stories Ira encounters are anything but average.
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$15 for Northern Stage Subscribers and White River Junction Residents
*Junction is meant to be experienced during daylight hours, and in good weather. Patrons will need a cell phone with a data plan and a charged battery, a pair of compatible headphones, and comfortable walking shoes (recommended). Technical assistance is available at the Northern Stage Box Office at 74 Gates Street, between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A limited number of devices for loan are available at the Box Office if patrons do not have data plans that support streaming technology. Loaner devices may be checked out on a first come, first served basis.