Showcasing a diverse group of storytellers, The Process Series invites people back into the magical world of storytelling. "Remembrance and Renewal", a storytelling festival that The Process Series is producing along with UNC's Department of American Studies, will be livestreamed from Feb. 17 until Feb. 21.
Heather Tatreau, the producer of The Process Series and a lecturer at UNC, said the series gives artists the opportunity to share new stories and even stories that are not entirely complete.
“What we offer differently is that it's a work in process,” Tatreau said. “The understanding for the artist and the audience going into it is that we're kind of in this together to look at it and see what's working and maybe what could be done a little bit differently before we have a finished product.”
Tatreau said the artists and audience enjoy the experience because the artists get valuable feedback before their work is completed, and the audience members get to be a part of the process.
While the series will be held virtually, it will still include audience and storyteller collaboration online. Tatreau did not intend for the event to be online, but she appreciates that more people have the opportunity to experience it now.
“I think it's really important at this point, especially in our history in America, is just to hear those stories that so many different people, especially marginalized people in our country have not had a voice, and to really step back and listen,” Tatreau said. “And really appreciate where people come from.”
Joseph Megel, the artistic director of The Process Series, said many of the stories are connected to social justice and human rights and are wrapped up in issues of identity, race, class and culture.
“I think the story is the most powerful way in which we really get to see each other,” Megel said. “Both again from cultural differences but also from interconnectedness, and how stories sort of humanize us all.”
Milbre Burch, one of the featured storytellers, will be presenting a character monologue from the point of view of a woman convicted of murdering her abusive husband to discuss intimate partner violence.