|SAVING SUSANNAH opens in an ominous whirlwind with a family member in crisis setting in motion the intrusion of the deep past into the present. A kaleidoscopic memoir told from shifting perspectives, the work weaves family history, genealogy, fictional history, travelogue and imagined conversations to create lost worlds. Can the recovery of the past heal the present? What does the scientific evidence provided by emerging research in Family Systems Theory and Epigenetics tell us about deep patterns of behavior and repetitions across generations? Presented as a staged reading supported by Projection Designs by Artist Felipe Lopez — Writer/Performer Josephine John shares a fluid, associative dreamlike journey of discovery. Music provided by Meghan Hendley Lopez of Chapel In The Sky. A fifth generation Australian, Ms. John did not know her family’s story or the characters or their multi-generational journey. Lovingly crafting the work to honor their past changed her life. Are we our ancestor’s deputies? Do you know your family’s story?ANTHEM
“Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain.
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.”
–John MacLeod Campbell Crum