MFAW-WA student Lydia Valentine is the Assistant Director for a production of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. She is also the dramaturg for a staged reading that is pairing The Art of Remembering by Adina L. Ruskin and Mountain Language by Harold Pinter.
Family, immigration, memory, and language are shared themes in both plays that seek to confront the past while also raising awareness of contemporary social and political issues. The Art of Remembering is about Rebecca, a grieving woman who returns home to bury her father. The character of Rebecca is portrayed by three actors who travel through time and myriad of memories in a non-linear fashion. Mountain Language is set in an unknown prison, examines human rights, expression of words, and is told in a linear narrative.