We’re Trying to Make It was written from the stories of Letcher County folk of multiple ages and points of view and is one part of the Roadside Theater/Appalshop Letcher County Youth Playmaking Project. Written by Donna Porterfield in collaboration with Dustin Hall and Devyn Creech, a staged reading of the play was performed as one part of the Performing Our Future Institute hosted by Imagining America and Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky.
Attending the July 14-18 Institute were 13 intergenerational and interdisciplinary teams assembled and sponsored by Oregon State University, University of Florida, Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario), Iowa State, Ohio State, Cornell, Virginia Tech, Syracuse University, Arizona State University, University of California Davis, and the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development. The 45 participants arrived to think about and experience how arts and culture promote individual voice and collective agency, unbounding a community’s imagination and ambition in order to create the conditions for equitable and sustainable economic development. After the play reading a discussion between the performers and audience was held.