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.
New York City Marathon photographer Peter Krebs moved to Charlottesville's Belmont neighborhood and got entranced by the story and the people of the historic Monticello Road. He's been photographing the people --including Mysterious Kroger Man.
Charlotte Zinsser Booth was inspired by her mom's memories of learning in school about mythic gods of antiquity --and by education reformers who sought less-bureaucratic "whole child" teaching. She worked in public schools and then turned her lifetime passion about education toward founding the North Branch School in Afton.