How to Know the Wild Flowers: A Map

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How to Know the Wild Flowers: A Map

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

$8 – $25

Co-created by Julie Marie Myatt and Jessica Thebus with members of the Northwestern community.

A theatrical ritual of communal healing, this multi-disciplinary piece is inspired by the first field guide for flowers in America called How to Know the Wild Flowers by Mrs. William Starr Dana (Frances Theodora Parsons.) It was published in 1893, three years after the Russian flu pandemic of 1890 took the life of Frances’ husband. Frances’ long walks in the woods cataloging wildflowers allowed her to heal her grief. Surrounding Frances’ story is the modern-day story of four young adults, and their own personal journeys through the timeless beauty of the prairie toward peace and rejuvenation. Drawing from Frances’ life story, the rich poetic language of her guidebook, and contemporary stories and songs of nature, this is a buoyant celebration of the beauty surrounding and sustaining us as we journey toward healing.


Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
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Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208 United States
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