The Man Who Planted Trees

This event was on October 4, 2012


The Man Who Planted Trees – Exchange Artists

The Man Who Planted Trees, an internationally beloved short story by French author Jean Giono, is a beautiful reminder of each individual’s responsibility and opportunity to be a steward of our natural resources.

Set in Provence between 1913 and 1947, the story follows Elzeard Bouffier, a man who singlehandedly plants one hundred acorns every day for over thirty years. His perseverance and constancy in creation offer a meaningful contrast to the immense destruction that Jean, a young traveler to Provence, experiences during two world wars. Elzeard’s work is not only successful in restoring a desolate landscape through his labor, but in restoring hope to a people. The tale is a gentle reminder that our lives and our livelihoods are in direct connection with the earth.

This adaptation by The Exchange Artists brings the simple tale to life with an immersive play that utilizes dance, text in both French and English, an original score, projected media, and the natural beauty of Sparky Park.

Artists

The play features Hildreth England, Alexander Hilary, Gene Menger, Vanessa Marie O’Brien, and Rommel Sulit.

Technical Direction
Zac Crofford
Costume Design
Jamie Urban
Original Score
Rohan Joseph
Projected Media
Katie Rose Pipkin
Adaptation
Katherine Craft
Direction
Rachel Wiese

The Man Who Planted Trees – Exchange Artists

The Man Who Planted Trees – Exchange Artists

The Man Who Planted Trees – Exchange Artists

The Man Who Planted Trees – Exchange Artists

The Man Who Planted Trees – Exchange Artists

The Man Who Planted Trees – Exchange Artists


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