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Spring 2021

The WordPlayers

THE ENDS WE SEEK is a work of historical fiction, which moves between actual events in the 19th and 20th centuries. The play vividly and powerfully illustrates how major historical events — Lincoln's election and Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the movement for civil rights inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — impacted the lives of ordinary individuals and families. A mother and a son, in two different centuries, play out the average person's struggle with life ina dysfunctional society rife with racism. Scenes of daily life play out against a backdrop of history and lead us through moments where national, social and political turmoil have lasting and powerful effects on ordinary families. With sharp dialogue, inspired by true stories, and with captivating musical interludes, THE ENDS WE SEEK is more than an educational reinforcement of lessons learned from our Social Studies curriculum. It personalizes and humanizes the experience of ordinary people swept up in the events of history.

LENGTH: 45-55 minutes

The WordPlayers is an approved Teaching Artist Organization with the Tennessee Arts Commission

The WordPlayers

Live Performances

Seating for live performances is limited - Reservation required. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
9:40 AM
Niswonger Campus | Lyceum
4:00 PM
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 105
Thursday, February 25, 2021
9:40 AM
Morristown Campus | Lyceum
2:00 PM
Claiborne County Campus | Auditorium

Virtual Attendance

Watch a Pre-Recorded Show February 22 - March 5

Video No Longer Available

Earn Yellow Ticket credit for watching the recorded version of The Ends We Seek Promotion of the WordPlayers performed at Walters State.

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Virtuoso didgeridoo player and master multimedia producer Rob Thomas invites you on a journey to Australia ... and beyond. Rob was born in the U.S., lived in Australia, and has traveled the world, all of which have contributed to his unique and captivating musical project, Didge Evolution. The Didge Evolution concert mixes funky didgeridoo rhythms, pumping beats, percussion instruments and relaxing soundscapes with both organic and electronic sound effects ... all the while immersing the audience in a stunning virtual landscape of Australian cities, forests, deserts, oceans and distant galaxies. Didge Evolution is much more than a musical event. It's a mesmerizing journey of sight, sound and imagination!

Didge Evolution is also educational and inspirational. The didgeridoo has been played by Australia's Aboriginal people for at least 1,500 years, and Rob explains its history and connections to the modern day. He also encourages college students to think creatively and imaginatively regarding their own careers, and to travel far and wide to better understand the interconnectivity of all humans. Audience members are encouraged to participate in a Q&A session after the show.

Didge Evolution

Didge Evolution Preview

Live Stream Performance

Seating for live streaming performances is limited - Reservation required.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021
4:00 PM
Morristown Campus | TECH 260
Niswonger Campus | Room 139
Sevier County Campus | KOH 270
Claiborne County Campus | Room 75 & 80

Virtual Attendance

Watch On Your Own Device

Thursday, March 18, 2021
4:00 PM

For those not able to come to campus, watch the live stream concert from your own device.

Watch Didge Evolution

Watch a Pre-Recorded Show March 18-26

Watch Pre-Recorded Show

Earn Yellow Ticket credit for watching Didge Evolution.

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