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Culpeper Times • April 21-27, 2016
Walk-through art story premieres at The Loft Contributed Report When Rupert Hughes Awardwinning author, Laura Bynum, approached the owner of The Loft, a vibrant downtown gathering place for the region’s artists, its proprietor, Patty Werick, didn’t flinch at the unusual nature of her idea for a walk-through, ‘art story’ production. Bynum’s pitch: guests would weave through six high school environments, eavesdropping on
characters so as to get puzzle pieces regarding the event that took place there yesterday lunch. Between the emotionally charged performances, all of them acoustically enhanced using binaural elements and sound effects, and the artistically curated sets (a lonely cafeteria, a crowded hallway, etc.), it would be a voyeuristic trip through an often challenging time of life that requires only a SmartPhone, headphones, and roughly 20 minutes. Werick not only agreed to lend
Bynum her space, she has since created the sets for Futura Downs High along with a cadre of other artists that includes Roque Castro (the owner of Yesterday Reclaimed who was tapped to create Culpeper’s LOVE sculpture). “When artists are supported, they’re able to create,” Werick said. “In turn, their art helps grow the community itself.” It is under the umbrella of her newly-formed non-profit, arts a’loft, that this production has been fi-
nanced and will premiere the first weekend in May. Bynum has a suggestion for getting the most out of this experience: “Come in a group, then have everyone go through the various sets in a different order. It’s very enlightening how we perceive people when we’re educated about what they’re going through, or not.” She also suggests sitting down for drinks, lunch, or dinner after ➤ See Art, Page 18
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