Madison Cultural Continuum

'Wilderness Plots' returns
to Madison for second showing

Performance is based
on book by Russell Sanders

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(September 2011) – Due to its overwhelming popularity the first time around, Wilderness Plots is returning to Madison. Based on the book, "Wilderness Plots" by Indiana author Scott Russell Sanders, the live event features a selection of songs in performance and readings by Sanders.
The production was highly successful during its first run in June 2009. “It’s essentially the same performance but more polished and developed,” said Greg Ziesemer, who is part of Cultural Continuum of Madison, the entity that is organizing the event.
The roster of actors includes basically the same cast of professional performers: Tim Grimm, Krista Detor, Tom Roznowski, Michael White, Bobbie Lancaster and Sanders. All are based loosely around the state of Indiana, and Roznowski frequently performs in Madison at the Thomas Family Winery.
The idea for the Wilderness Plots program came about when the original book was discovered by folk signer and songwriter Grimm. Along with additional musicians, Grimm wrote songs inspired by Sander’s stories about the settling of the American frontier. The result was a blending of genres into a completely new experience.
The Cultural Continuum of Madison puts on three to four productions annually. They do not produce more programs because they want to “make them exceptional,” Ziesemer said.

Tom Roznowski

Photo provided

Bloomington musician
Tom Roznowski is
no stranger to Madison,
having performed many
times there. He will
perform again at the
second annual Wilderness
Plots show at the
Ohio Theatre.

This year the Cultural Continuum of Madison has staged Pure Prine, This is Jazz, Wilderness Plots and the upcoming Hoosier Holidays. There will only be one performance of Wilderness Plots at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the Ohio Theatre in Madison. Tickets prices are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. This event is sponsored by the Rivers Institute at Hanover College.
“The songs and stories are an historical account of the Ohio Valley area between the years of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War,” Ziesemer said.
The first Wilderness Plots production was a kickoff event for the Madison Bicentennial. “I wanted to put on a show in Madison, my hometown,” said Ziesemer. “There was a lot of demand to bring it back.”
Even individuals who couldn’t make the original show asked about it. “We had a really enthusiastic response to the show,” said Kevin Watkins, a founding member of Cultural Continuum of Madison. “It’s exciting to bring it back.”
Watkins said, “The way it is presented makes it very real. It’s stories about real people that we can still relate to today.”
The Cultural Continuum of Madison prefers to be broad in its selection of shows, looking for “quality entertainment,” Watkins said. From musicals, performance pieces, and artistic renderings to programs by comedians, Cultural Continuum of Madison provides an entertaining experience for everyone. Local visual artists have contributed to past shows by creating graphics in the form of posters for advertising the productions.

• For more information, contact Greg Ziesemer at (317) 979-5380. To make reservations contact the Ohio Theatre at (812) 273-4880. Tickets can also be purchased at Village Lights Books and the Madison Chamber of Commerce.

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