Trisha Brown Leweke says maybe Steve Jobs or J.K. Rowling wouldn't have grown up so imaginative if they were schooled in a No Child Left Behind curriculum. She values daydreaming and she feels that an overemphasis on standardized test scores blunts students' creativity.
Actress, director, and playwright Ingrid De Sanctis talks about life, liberty, and a play she wrote based on another guest of The Spark: Sarah Elizabeth Pharis. Pharis' struggles against cancer while maintaining an active and artsy life were inspirational.
In the mid-60's Larry Yates fought housing discrimination in Northern Virginia. When he informed the draft board that he'd be spending his spare time organizing anti-war activity, Vietnam-era military officials decided against calling-up Larry. The Winchester-based activist now works with former death row inmates who have proven their innocence and speak against the death penalty.
On stage, "extreme" casting means assigning more than one role each to the actors. We meet director Mary Coy whose extreme version of "Romeo and Juliet" is set in a present-day mediation conference room.
The celebrated Beat poet Allen Ginsberg's upstate retreat/artists' colony/utopian crashpad was the East Hill Farm. The farmkeeper, Gordon Ball, now lives in Lexington, Virginia, and he's put together the inside stories and pictures in his new book, East Hill Farm. Gordon's films have appeared at MoMA and at the Guggenheim.