In April 1934, Ridgefield High School's Economics Class held a mock trial of Adolf Hitler, echoing a larger similar event organized the previous month at Madison Square Garden by the World Jewish Congress. This episode will recreate some of Ridgefield High's trial, offering a snapshot of teenage and educational life in Ridgefield in the 1930's and lend itself to questions about how we respond to emerging fascism and our responsibility for those facing persecution in other lands.
We are thrilled to present Hindsight is, a three-episode podcast series in the radio play genre to be released weekly starting on Monday, October 19. The series will focus on vignette scenes with a range of local and regional historical figures in Connecticut including women’s Suffragist Alice Paul and former NAACP Connecticut Chapter President William Webb. Actors will portray these historical figures, dramatizing social and political issues intensified this year such as voting rights, racism, and fascism through their unique perspectives as citizens from the past. These episodes will be accompanied by two public programs, see below. In addition to the episodes, further digital materials including transcripts, research images, and a teaching guide with accompanying workshop will be made available to educators and parents to use as resources for student learning.
Hindsight is podcast series is produced by Piti Theatre Company. Their mission is to create original performances and community-building events that accelerate local transformation towards joy, sustainability and justice.
Piti Theatre Company will also work with Aldrich Teen Fellows and collaborate with Aldrich educators on developing digital resources for youth and family engagement with topics presented in the podcast series.
This series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Twenty Twenty.
Generous support for Hindsight is podcast series is provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts and Connecticut Humanities.
Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.