Working with the Providence Public Library special collections, we reproduced through 19th century photographic techniques, an enigmatic collection of snapshots documenting life in Rhode Island at the turn of the century. In the months preceding the magic lantern show, we held creative writing workshops in the library and at an assisted living facility and commissioned local storytellers to write original stories inspired by these photographs. What resulted were two performances featuring a series of readers – in ages ranging from ten to eighty – performing original stories as the photographs were projected behind them with the magic lantern. The performance was accompanied by an exhibit, “Sympathetic Magic” at the Library and a walking tour led by the Rhode Island Historical Society.

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