TAKE 5: Five questions answered by activity organizers on Open Field this summer
Name: Deborah Carver
Occupation: Writer, Editor, Publisher
City/Neighborhood: Northeast Minneapolis
Open Field Activity: Storymaking with Twin Cities Runoff at Walker Open Field
Activity Description: That movie premise that’s been hounding you for weeks? The weird bits of the dream you had last night? The setting and characters that are just searching for their story? Bundle it all up and drop it at Storymaking! Maybe you’ll find your inspiration to do something with it. We’ll be playing classic storytelling and creative games like Exquisite Corpse, TCR-libs: Fill in the Blanks on Local Media Culture, Sentence Drawing Sentence, and The Game of 1000 Blank White Cards.
Date of Activity: Saturday, July 2nd from 3:30-5:00 pm
Check it out on the Open Field calendar of events!
1) What’s your favorite public space, in the Twin Cities or beyond?
I’m rarely New York-centric, but they’re pretty phenomenal at keeping public spaces magical. I’m going to have to go with the Rose Reading Room at the main branch of the New York Public Library— the one that’s guarded by the lions looking out on Fifth Avenue, up the marble stairs on the third floor. Every time you’re there you wonder what phenomenal subjects everyone else is studying. Also, those lamps, and all the hardwood tables and chairs, and no one cares if you take a nap there.
If you can’t get to New York any time soon, check out the central branch of the St. Paul Public Library; it’s reminiscent of the NYPL, but tinier and quainter.
2) How did you find out about Open Field and why did you decide to host your own activity on Open Field?
Twin Cities Runoff found out about Open Field last year– probably through Facebook, because how else would we hear about it?–and hosted our first official event last August. That was a three-part reading on a Sunday afternoon, and it was quite lovely. This time we wanted something a little bit more chill, so we decided to collect our arsenal of classic storytelling games and put them to use.
3) If you could learn any skill on Open Field, what would it be?
Are the fire-eaters teaching a workshop this year?
4) What is the ideal audience for your Open Field activity?
Anyone who loves to share the absurd little details of their dreams, anyone who’s packing like eight screenplays at any given time, anyone who leaves an art museum bursting with all the stories and ideas their mind can handle.
Kids, adults, anyone who likes playing creativity and storytelling games: come one, come all.
5) If Open Field had a mascot, who/what would it be?
John Waters gagged with the cherry and spoon. That’s not a family-friendly answer, but it’s the correct one.
Our event is family-friendly, though. We won’t bring up the ins-and-outs of John Waters, but he’ll be haunting all of our stories.