How to Know the Wild Flowers: A Map
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208
Performance Art
Runs Apr 19Apr 28, 2024

A theatrical ritual of communal healing, this multi-disciplinary piece is inspired by the first field guide for flowers in America called How to Know the Wild Flowers by Mrs. William Starr Dana. (Frances Theodora Parsons) It was published in 1893, three years after the Russian flu pandemic of 1890 took the life of Frances’ husband. It was her long walks in the woods cataloging wildflowers that allowed Frances to heal her grief. Drawing from her life story, the rich poetic language of her guidebook, and contemporary stories and songs of nature, this is a buoyant, imaginative celebration of the beauty surrounding and sustaining us and a journey out of grief.

Co-created by Julie Marie Myatt and Jessica Thebus with members of the Northwestern community