THIS IS READING
THIS IS READING WAS AN IMMERSIVE SITE-SPECIFIC MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION BLENDING LIVE PERFORMANCE AND VISUAL MEDIA EXPLORING THE DECLINE AND REBIRTH OF READING, PA.
THE INSTALLATION OCCUPIED THE HISTORIC FRANKLIN STREET RAILROAD STATION IN DOWNTOWN READING IN THE SUMMER OF 2017, RE-ANIMATING THE LONG VACANT BUILDING. USING AS ITS FOUNDATION, THE HARDSHIPS, CHALLENGES, AND TRIUMPHS OF PEOPLE LIVING IN AND AROUND READING, PA., THIS IS READING WEAVED THEIR INDIVIDUAL STORIES INTO ONE COHESIVE AND COMPELLING TALE OF THE CITY.
This Is Reading was co-created by an award-winning team of artists, including Writer/ Producer Lynn Nottage, filmmaker Tony Gerber, director Kate Whoriskey, Choreographer Rennie Harris, Composer Kashaka, Projection Designer Jeff Sugg, Set Designer Deb O, Lighting Designer Amith Chandrashaker, Sound Designer Nick Kourtides and Producers Jane M. Saks, Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Allison Bressi, Santo D. Marabella and the Labyrinth Theater Company.
The installation developed in collaboration with Reading Film, of Pennsylvania's Americana Region, and local artists, approached the historic Franklin Street Railroad Station as a collaborator, placing its unique history and architecture in dialogue with stories collected in Reading, PA.
IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARKET ROAD FILMS, THE LABYRINTH THEATER COMPANY AND PROJECT&