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Wall of Dreamers, a Documentary Film

August 12, 2011

Douglas Players’ current project is a documentary film project. Song is the working title for a documentary film produced by Bruce Endres. The film follows a song from creation through production. The film is also about the people involved.

Beginning in Douglas, Arizona … a former copper smelting town of 15,000 folks, almost 50% living at or below the poverty line … Song traces the musical roots of the region and expresses those roots in feature-length documentary film format. That’s about it for the concept.

We have the song (Lela May) and songwriter (A guy named Bruce … not me, a different guy). We have regional musicians (more than a few with many styles). We have music art history (the clouds over Douglas inspired Ghost Riders in the Sky). We have youth and adults living in an economically challenged region who are expressing themselves through art performance (Yep). more »

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

August 12, 2011

Potluck Productions and Douglas Players perform a reading of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” May 1st, 2010, on stage at the Grand Theatre.

I Never Saw Another Butterfly is a collection of works of art and poetry by Jewish children who lived in the concentration camp Theresienstadt. The play is named after a poem by one of the children, Pavel Friedmann.

The Butterfly

The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing

against a white stone. . . .

Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly ‘way up high.
It went away I’m sure because it wished to

kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I’ve lived in here,
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.
Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don’t live in here,

in the ghetto.

– by Pavel Friedman more »

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