Hi! Welcome to an experimental version of PARK BENCH, theater simple's wide-ranging conversation about...anything and everything.
THIS MONTH - MAY 2020, since we cannot join the community in person, we are asking the community to join us.  

We have THREE TOPICS we are examining -  
      1) the role of creativity in isolation   
      2) voting habits (mostly for those in the USA, but gosh - we'd love to hear perspectives from other places!) 
      3) what the word 'citizen' means to you.  

We are asking folx OF ALL AGES to record an audio file or a VOICE MEMO answering the following prompts. Email the file to us at "".   (There are many awesome youtube videos explaining how, but most smartypants phones have this app.) If you still need an assist, reach out to us, and we'll be happy to call you and help sort it out.  DEADLINE IS Monday, MAY 18 2020.

The podcast question/prompts follow.  When you record - please begin by sharing your name, your city or country, and (optional) your age/ demographic or current favorite work of art. Feel free to write out your responses and read that, or just record off the top of your head!
You DO NOT NEED to answer all the prompts for every topic! Perhaps choose a line or two that resonates MOST with you. We suggest answering whatever seems most interesting to YOU NOW. If it leads you down other paths, cool! And if you want to do this WITH someone, that's A-OK. Just try to not interrupt each other. (for editing purposes, if necessary)


Podcast question/prompts - and please note which podcast you are responding to in your submission

   1) Podcast on "the role of creativity in isolation"

  • How has your creative life changed with shelter-in-place? What does 'creativity' mean for you now? Has it changed at all these last 60 days? Why or why not, do you think? Any challenges or frustrations? Any surprises or pleasures?
  • Has shelter-in-place (or its equivalent where you are) made you think differently about the value of the various arts and creativity?
  • What art/creativity are you being drawn to currently? How are you engaging with it? Is this different than your 'normal' electricity?
  • What type of art or creative outlet are you missing the most currently? Is this a surprise? Why or why not?
  • BONUS: Are you finding value in the ideas around 'creativity' during isolation? Is this a surprise? Can you talk about any changes in perception, if that is germane?

   2) Podcast on "voting habits" (mostly for those in the USA, but gosh - we'd love to hear perspectives from other places!)  

  • Do you recall the first time you were at a polling place? Who else was there? How old were you?  What else do you remember?
  • Are you registered to vote currently? (or) Have you voted recently? Why or why not? (OR - do you recall the first time you voted? What do you remember?] OR What are the voting rules where you are? Is it compulsory or is there effort involved to be able to cast a ballot?  
  • Are you planning to vote in the next year? Why or why not? [We are not as curious about your affiliations as much as your connection to the process]  
  • BONUS: If you could identify only one issue that is important to YOU (even if it might be a deep secret from even your closest companions) that has any profile on a local, federal or global scale, what might that be? We will preserve anonymity as much as we can.

  3) Podcast: What does the concept of 'citizen' or 'citizenship' means to you?  

  • That's the question. Take a few minutes and consider your perspective on this. Whether you can give us a few sentences, or a few minutes, we're interested. .
  • And - as an experiment - ask this to your family and friends. {BONUS! RECORD THEIR THOUGHTS, TOO!}
  • Is there different 'citizenship' for different ages? [Is that something still on report cards??]
  • How would you gather an vibrant community of citizens around you?  And remember to let us know where you are in the world, friend.